Squared2 Chair

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 10/19/2010 - 19:32
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A stylish modern chair. Large seat, low back.

So what happens when you build one as a proof of concept . . . and you fall in love and want three more?

But in the fast paced world of building and blogging daily that I live in (intended for a giggle at my expense, being that I am still wearing the same comfy sweats I swore I would change out of at 4:34PM, exactly 10 minutes before the Ram gets home) how can I possibly build three more?

Or should this lone beauty be destined for my somewhat modern office?  As perhaps a guest chair for my most frequent visitor (who prefers a pink high chair) or as the coolest printer stand I could ever imagine?

What do you think?  A perfect fit in the printer's spot?  Or enlist the Ram's help to build 3 more?

In orange?

Or in blue?

Now I have a confession.  I made a great mistake of bookmarking PBSkids.org (pronounced peebee eskids dotorg in my household) a while back.  Sometime while I was out in the garage building this chair, my daughter hopped on my computer and started playing peebee eskids dotorg and crashed all my windows.  So you'll have to bear with me - there are a few modifications I would suggest to make your chair both easier to build and stronger.

Warning: As much as I know you are capable, chairs are so easy to mess up.  Two major issues - chairs need to be stronger and chairs are easy to get "off" square.  Don't build this chair (or any chair for the matter) as your first project.

Standard chair seat height. Chair seat is 19" x 19"


Shopping List

1 – 2×2 Board, 8′ Long
1 – 1×2 Board, 8′ Long
1 – 1×4 Board, 10′ Long OR 19″x19″x3/4″ Plywood Panel for seat
1 – 2×4, stud length or 8′ long ( pick one that is straight with minimal knots and lightweight – means it’s drier)
2″ Pocket hole screws
1 1/4″ Pocket hole screws

Cut List

2 – 2×4@36″ (Back Legs)
6 – 2×2 @ 16″ (Seat Back and Aprons)
2 – 2×2 @ 17 1/4″ (Front Legs)
1 – 1×2 @ 16″ (Seat Back Seat Top)
2 – 1×2 @ 6 1/2″
4 – 1×2 @ 5 3/4″
2 – 1×2 @ 6 7/8″
6 – 1×2 @ 3 1/4″
2 – 1×2 @ 3″
4 – 1×2 @ 2 1/2″
5 – 1×4 @ 19″ OR 19″x19″ Plywood seat top

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


Step 1

Back Legs

CAREFULLY cut out your chair legs as shown above. Use either a circular saw or a jigsaw. Sand the legs so that they match each other. Transfer the middle markings around the leg so you know where the seat goes.

Step 2

Build the Seat Back Frame
Build the seat back frame as shown above. Use 2″ pocket hole screws when joining 2x2s and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws when joining 1x2s. Make sure you set your jig accordingly. Use glue.

Step 3


Okay, this part isn’t hard so much that it is tedious and super easy to get off square. A trick that I used was to drill all my pocket holes on the back so filling pocket holes (and sanding) as super easy. If you are staining, you may consider using wood dowels. Anyway, cut out all the pieces and arrange. Drill all the pocket holes and arrange again. Start by screwing together the longer 90s first. Then build all the smaller 90s. Then arrange, mark, and attach the smaller 90s to the inside of the larger 90s. Then add the joining pieces to connect all the square. I promise, this step is quiet easy. Use glue. And yes, the chair back is super strong and looks fine with a 1×2. Looks so good, I must also put plans up for the headboard and more! Oh, yes, CHECK FOR SQUARE before the glue dries! Finally, screw the squares into the back of the chair. Set the back aside.

Step 4

Chair Front

Attach chair front legs to the front apron. Use glue and 2″ pocket hole screws.

Step 5

Step 6

Back Apron

Now the back apron. Keep using 2″ pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 7


If you choose to go the 1×4 route, join all the 1x4s together as shown above with 1 1/4″ pocket holes screws. Then screw the top to the aprons and front legs.

Step 8


Attach the seat to the chair back as shown above. I suggest using bolts, but screws would work too – especially pocket hole screws – but be warned, screws may loosen up over time. Bolts will too, but you can just tighten again.


Anna (not verified)

Tue, 01/25/2011 - 12:00

Gosh, this is beautiful. It would look amazing in my loungeroom or my bedroom. unfortunately, i really don't have any space at all to make furniture (not even a garage....). I'll have to keep my ear out for someone in my community who'd be up for making it for me!


Fri, 03/18/2011 - 19:27

I tried to build this chair - I failed miserably, and I'm not a beginner builder... It's just.... BAD. I am going to rip it apart and build the other chair you have that is simpler back - just 2 pieces of wood with 1 inch spacer between them. Gosh, is my chair bad. I just can't express how hard this chair is to build.

calli (not verified)

Thu, 10/06/2011 - 07:29

How cool would this chair back design be to make into a table top for a glass-top coffee table???!!! I understand that the squares are quite difficult to keep in check, but by the looks of the finished product, I'm sure it's so worth it!! If you ever run out of fun planning ideas (which I'm sure you won't), I'd love to see a plan for this design on a table Ana!! :)


Wed, 11/30/2011 - 08:39

I am really wanting to build this chair for my daughter's bedroom along with a twin headboard with the same pattern. I was able to use sketch-up to create the headboard without any issues, but I am struggling with the chair back. I will try to explain the issue, hope it makes sense.... After ripping the back legs and chair back from 2x4s, the top and bottom of the of legs are parallel with the ground(as expected). The issue is that the angle of the back is at approximately 6.5 degrees leaning back from the seat bottom, so I don't see a way to use square 1x2s at the top and the bottom of the design. I would think that top and bottom pieces (6 1/2 and 6 7/8 in step 3) would need to be mitered on the ends to match the slop of the chair back. If anyone has built this chair and can offer their experiences, I would greatly appreciate it. If someone has a sketch-up rendering of the chair, that would be great. email to burnema@yahoo.com


Matty J (not verified)

Mon, 04/09/2012 - 08:00

Just made this chair over the weekend and my wife already requested four more (wow). It really does look great and after a few minor adjustments to strengthen it it feels very sturdy. We're planning on upholstering a cushioned seat for it. I'll post a few pics when it's sanded/painted.

Just a side note, I don't think the shopping list coincides with the cut list. You'll end up needing more 2x2 and 1x2 when it's all said and done.

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