Modern Angle Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 04/19/2010 - 20:33
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Chairs can be very difficult to build just right because cutting back legs requires precision and often special tools. With this simple project plan based off of pocket hole technology, anyone can create surprisingly comfortable and modern style chairs. Special thanks to our readers for sharing their photos.

Approximately 33 3/4" x 17" x 17 1/4", seat height 18"


Shopping List

2 – 2×2
1 – 1×3
Scrap 1×2 and 1×4 15″ Long
Project Panel 18″ x 18″ (Purchase a 36″ x 18″ for 2 seats)
2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 – 2×2 @ 28″, Ends Mitered at 5 degrees off square, short point to long point (Back Legs)
2 – 2×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Front Legs)
2 – 1×3 @ 15 1/4″, One End Mitred down 5 degrees off square (Side Aprons)
2 – 1×3 @ 15″ (Front and Back Apron)
2 – 2×2 @ 6″, Bottom end mitred down at 15 degrees (Back Rest)
1 – 1×2 @ 15″ (Top Rail on Back)
1 – 1×4 @ 15″ (Bottom Rail on Back)
Pine Project Panel Cut at 18″ x 18″ or Boards Joined to create a surface 3/4″ thick 18″ x 18″ (Seat)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the Chair Frame. I started with the front legs and with my Kreg Jig™, fastened the front apron to the front legs. I used a 1/4″ piece of plywood to inset my aprons from my legs by placing the apron on the plywood and not the legs to create a 1/4″ difference. Then I fastened the side aprons to the front legs in the same manner. The I used a level rested on the side apron as I fastened the side apron to the back legs. Finally, using the Kreg jig, I fastened the back apron to the back legs. You can predrill and countersink screws without the jig. Just make sure you add corner bracing (which I did anyway).

Step 2

Corner Bracing. You can use scrap 1×3 pieces to build corner bracing, as shown above.

Step 3

Back Rest. Build the back rest first by attaching the rails to the sides, as shown above. I attached by screwing together with the Kreg Jig™ but you can also predrill and countersink your screws to fasten. I also centered my back rails on the sides, leaving a 3/8″ gap on both the front and back.

Step 4

Seat. First cut your seat at 18″ x 18″. Then notch out the sides 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ on the backs as shown above. I ended up not cutting the back angle at 5 degrees and my chair looks great. I attached the seat from underneath using the Kreg Jig™, but you could also attach the seat by simply screwing through the top of the seat into the aprons. Also, if you have a Kreg Jig™, you can use it to join 1x stock together to get a seat that measures 18″ x 18″ (this is what I did).

Step 5

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill any holes with wood filler or wood plugs, sand and finish as desired.
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Rebecca (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 01:17

I think I finally got my husband on board with building furniture. I want this table & chairs, we'll start with the chairs. (He has worked construction so I'm okay starting with advanced). All it took was telling him he may get a new tool out of it. If I knew it was that simple I'd have told him that as soon as I found your blog and who knows how many pieces I'd have checked off my wish list.

Tracey (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 01:38

These look great! I'm also looking forward to the table plan promised. We're moving in a few weeks, and our table is in terrible condition. My husband declared that we are NOT bringing that table to the new house or we'll NEVER buy a new one. I'll do him one better and BUILD a new one...with your help!

Kevin (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 01:42

Can you state which way 5 degree angles go for us older easily confused builders?
looking forward to building a few of these....

merideth (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 02:36

okay, that 5 degree off square . . . does that mean if the leg is tilted forward (toward front legs) by 5 degrees, the bottom and top are now parallel to the ground?

Margo (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 02:37

We love our kreg jig! It has been used for several projects inspired by your blog!! My to do list gets bigger everytime I visit your blog! Keep up the great work!!! :O)

Ashley (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 02:52

I LOVE your website!! I cannot wait to try making one of your beds! (Once I get some extra time!!) and the Kreg Jig looks awesome! I think before I start ANY one of your projects, that is a must buy!

Lacking Productivity (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 04:25

I gotta get started on practicing so I can feel gutsy enough to do the advanced projects, because I TOTALLY want to build your chairs (I am always gushing over the outdoor ones, and I may or may not come back several times just to look at them).

Karen Scott Welker (not verified)

Tue, 04/20/2010 - 04:54

Please let Kreg know that your blog has sold one more jig. Just purchased from Amazon and I'm super excited to get to work.