Build your own modern kids chairs inspired by Land of Nod Mojo Chair. Free easy plans that will cost you about $5 per chair to make!
1 - 1x12 @ 2 feet long
4 - 1x3 @ 13 1/2" (Long point to short point, ends are parallel, 10 degree miter, 5 degree bevel)
2 - 1x3 @ 7" (Long point to long point, both ends cut at 10 degree miter)
2 - 1x3 @ 12 1/2" (Short point to short point, both ends cut at 5 degree miter)
1 - 1x12 @ 14"
1 - 1x12 @ 6" (One end cut at 10 degree bevel)
The success of this chair is highly dependant on cutting very precise angles as outlined in the plan. You will need a miter saw that can cut a double bevel - meaning the saw is angled in two directions per cut. Once you set your saw for the legs, cut all the legs by sliding the board down for parallel cuts. Read through the plan and make sure you understand every cut first.
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!
Set your saw at a 10 degree miter and a five degree bevel. Cut one end of a 1x3 board, as close as possible to the end of the board while still getting your angle cut. Slide the board down 13 1/2" (longest point to shortest point) and cut. This is one leg. Slide the board down 13 1/2" and cut, repeating until you have all four legs.
Then set your saw to a 10 degree miter and no bevel. Cut the end of the board. Flip the board, measure down the long point to long point side 7" and cut to get your side apron. You will need to flip and cut one more.
Now drill two pocket holes on each end of the aprons.
Lay legs down - you may have to flip and rotate - with the side apron in between, pocket holes facing upward. The legs are flush to the tops of the apron on the outside edge, but on the inside edge, the legs extend past the apron slightly. Attach with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. Build two leg sets for each chair.
Once you have completed this step successfully, the chair will be easy peasy.
TIP: You may wish to drill pocket holes along top edge of legs/side aprons for attaching seat in step 3.
Set your saw for a 5 degree miter and cut front and back aprons. Drill pocket hols and attach, with the apron never extending above legs, flush on top.
TIP: You may wish to drill pocket holes along top edge of front back apron for attaching seat in step 3.
Set your saw for a 5 degree bevel and cut seat backs. Then round corners of seat back with jigsaw and drill thumb hole with 1" hole saw or drill bit. Sand all rough edges.
Attach seat back to seat with screws and glue.
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.