Harriet Chair

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About Project

The Harriet Chair is a simple modern chair that is very sturdy and lightweight, yet easy and inexpensive to build.  

We love how this little diy chair turned out.  Easy to build, but sturdy and comfortable!  


Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List
  • 1 – 3/4″ plywood or pine project panel 24″ x 16″  (for four chairs, simply buy a 16″ wide strip, 8 feet long.  For six chairs, use a 1/2 sheet of plywood)
  • 2 - 2x2 @ 8 feet long
  • 30 – 2 1/2″ Screws
  • 15 – 2″ Screws
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Paint
Cut List
  • 2 – 2 x2 @ 13″ (Short point, one end cut at 15 degrees off square)
  • 2 – 2×2 @ 15″ (Short Point, one end cut at 15 degrees off square)
  • 2 – 2×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Front Legs)
  • 2 – 2×2 @ 17 7/8″ (Back legs, both ends cut at 15 degrees off square, parallel to each other)
  • 1 – 2×2 @ 13″ (Front Apron)
  • 1 – 3/4″ Plywood 16″ x 16″
  • 2 – 2×2 @ 20 1/2″ (Back Sides)
  • 1 – 2×2 @ 10″ (Back Bottom)
  • 1 – 3/4″ Plywood @ 16″ x 7 3/4″ (Backrest)
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Sides Lay out the sides and construct as shown above. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue. You will need to build two of these. Lay the two sides on top of each other to confirm and adjust to match.

Step 2

Front Apron Join the two sides with the front apron. If you want an even sturdier chair (which can equal a chair that lasts longer) add a second support level with the side supports. 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 3

Seat Screw the seat down through the 2×2 aprons into the underside of the seat. Use 2″ screws and glue. Make sure your chair is sitting level at this point.

Step 4

Back Begin constructing the back as shown here. Use 2 1/2″ screws and glue.

Step 5

Step 6

Assembly Attach the backrest to the chair seat as shown above. Use glue and 2 1/2″ screws. The bottom of the chair back should be flush with the side supports.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.