Building Patio Lounge Chairs Building Patio Lounge Chairs

Patio lounge chairs make a great addition to any patio. Now you can build your own patio lounge chair, and enjoy the experience of building it and resting in it when it’s completed. There are 2 ways to build this chair; you can choose beautiful redwood, cedar or mahogany and add a lustrous natural finish that will bring out the wood's natural beauty. This will be a little costly, depending on the wood. You can also build this chair from Douglas fir and apply a coat of paint to it when you are done. This is less expensive because the wood will cost less. Both options will give you a patio lounge chair that will last a long time and bring you years of comfort.

Materials Needed:

  • Front legs (2) - 1" x 5" x 21"
  • Back legs (2) - 1" x 4" x 31"
  • Arm supports (2) - 1" x 3" x 16" (*cut to fit)
  • Arm rests (2) - 1" x 5" x 34"
  • Side rails (2) - 1" x 3" x 31"
  • Slats (seat) (6) - 1" x 2-1/2" x 22" (*cut to fit)
  • Front rail (1) 1 - 1" x 3" x 23-1/2"
  • Rear leg stretcher (1) - 1" x 2-1/2"  x 19-1/2"
  • Middle back stretcher (1) - 1" x 2" x 23-1/2"
  • Back splats (6) - 1" x 3" x 31" (*cut to fit)
  • Box of #8 stainless steel screws 1-1/4" Long
  • Box of #8 stainless steel screws 1-1/2" Long
  • Can of Spar Varnish or paint of your choice
  • Assorted grades of Sandpaper (60, 80 and 100)
  • Weatherproof Titebond II Premium Wood Glue

*As per the materials list, you may have to cut-to-fit pieces or add and subtract measurements to fit your particular body style or comfort level. Given measurements are approximate.

As with almost all outdoor products, you will want to glue-and-screw your pieces together using "butt joints." On both edges of the front stretcher cut a 20-degree angle and fit it into two grooves cut into the front legs. Screw the front stretcher to the legs. The top of the front stretcher should be approximately 14" from the bottom of the legs. The rear leg should have a 20-degree angle at its other end to meet evenly with the floor. Attach the rear stretcher approximately 16" back from the front legs. Screw-and-glue five of the seat slats equidistant along the rear leg. Next, attach the rear arm supports to the rear leg at approximately a 58-degree angle to the arm rests. Attach the middle back stretcher to the bottom of the arm rests and then attach the front of the arm rests to the front legs. Attach the back splats to the fifth seat slat by carefully gluing and screwing it into place. Bring the sixth slat against the upright splats and attach it. Round over the splats for a nicer touch. Next, and this is the most crucial aspect of your handiwork, is the finish.  Beginning with 60-grit sandpaper, sand all pieces and finish with either spar varnish or paint of your choice and pat yourself on the back.


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