An outdoor loveseat project plan featuring X back, double cushions, and an armless design that works with the Weatherly Sofa to create a dream sectional. Uses standard 24" x 24" deep seat cushions, available everywhere.
3 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long (slats)
4 - 1x2 @ 20 13/16" (both ends cut at 30 degrees off square, ends parallel to each other)
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!
Designed to fit standard 24" x 24" cushions, this loveseat is 48" wide, 33 1/2" tall (without finials) and 27" deep overall.
Start by taking all four longer back pieces and nailing two of the shorter pieces to them as shown above with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue. You should end up with a total of four of these.
Then make Xs out of the pieces from step 1. Attach with glue and 1 1/4" finish nails.
Now add the sides. This is not super structurally important, so I glued and nailed mine - and there was no issue. You could use the Kreg Jig™ - but the pocket holes are going to cross, and I had some issues with screws overlapping. You will need to drill your pocket holes in the 2x2s in this step
Now attach the top with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
And the legs. Shown above is the Kreg Jig™ pocket holes, but you could also use 2 1/2" screws countersunk from the legs (That's what I ended up doing, and it worked great!)
Now the sides - use the Kreg Jig™ as shown above or again, 2 1/2" screws countersunk with glue.
And finally the front.
Now the cleats.
And finally lay the slats.
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.