2x4 Outdoor Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 04/02/2021 - 16:28
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Build your own outdoor chairs out of 2x4s, designed to work with 24" x 24" cushions.  Free plans created by Ana-White.com

2x4 outdoor chairs

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2x4 Outdoor Chair

Dimensions
2x4 outdoor chair dimensions
Designed to fit 24" x 24" cushions, can be easily altered for bigger cushions

Preparation

Shopping List

6 - 2x4 @ 10 feet long

75 - 2-3/4" star head construction screws, exterior approved

TIP: Consider prestaining or painting the 2x4s before assembly for a faster and neater finish.

Cut List

10 - 2x4 @ 25-1/2"

2 - 2x4 @ 28-1/2"

10 - 2x4 @ 24" or width of cushions (TIP: If your 2x4s are exactly 10 feet long, then consider cutting them all at 23-3/4" to get four cuts on one 2x4)

Cutting Instructions

Cut all boards using a circular saw and a straight edge.  A chop saw or miter saw would be faster and more accurate.

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Drill
Circular Saw

Instructions

Step 1

Attach one arm rest to two legs with the 2-3/4" screws.

Build two identical.

Step 2

Add the middle support with the 2-3/4" screws.

Step 3

Add the second middle support underneath with two screws per end and two screws from the top into the top edge.

Step 4

Build the seat frame with 2-3/4" screws, two per end.

Step 5

Attach the middle frame to the arms with four 2-3/4" screws per side, spacing the screws out on the top/bottom and ends for the most distance between the screws for the most support.  Also slightly angle drive the screws for increased grab.

Step 6

If you have a pocket hole jig, this would be a great spot to use it.  If not, you can attach by screwing at an angle.  Start the screw almost perpendicular, about 1" from the end, and then once you get the screw going, angle at a 45 degree angle and finish driving the screw.  Two screws per end.

TIP: It may be easier to attach the lower one first, so you can fit your drill in there.

Step 7

Lay the seat slats out, evenly spacing, and screw down with two screws per end.

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