How to Build a Log Chair

What You'll Need
Wood glue
Measuring instrument

Building a log chair can be a somewhat demanding task. However, with some will power and by following the steps outlined here you can try to build one yourself. It might not be the most attractive and comfortable chair, but you will have created your own chair, and besides a log chair provides a nice rustic character wherever you put it. Extra comfort can be achieved by putting some cushions afterward.

Step 1 - Designing

As in any other woodwork task it is important to draw out on paper what you intend to create, both to conceptualize what you are going to craft, and also as a guide while working on it. Try to consider a simple design for a first job and keep in mind materials to be used in the process.

Step 2 - Measuring

It is also crucial to calculate the measurements of each part that the log chair will be composed of, and to write them down on your diagram. While deciding on the dimensions you may wish to measure other chairs in your home. You might find it helpful to figure out the final result by creating a cut-out made up of the parts and pieces which will make up your chair.

Step 3 - Cutting the Components

Use a saw to start cutting out the four legs of your chair. Cut the base to be eventually used as the seat. You will need 4 or 5 strips to place over the base. These are the first elements you will be setting up since they act as the skeleton base of the chair.

Step 4 - Marking the Linking Parts and Joining

Mark the points where the legs and the base will link together. Once you do this, use either a driller or a chisel and hammer to make the slots where the 2 parts will fasten to one another. While working on this always keep close attention to maintain alignment throughout in order to keep the right shape of the chair. Hold tightly the adjoining parts and press together using wood glue. Alternatively, if you wish you may make out tenon cuts in the logs. These are protruding parts at the ends of the wood which will then fit into what are called mortises, which are matching holes made in the log.

Step 5 - Cutting and Fixing the Back

Once you have the base fixed to the legs you then move on to cutting the back of the chair. This can be made more comfortable by fixing 3 or 4 strips connected together by means of an upper horizontal log. Secure these firmly onto the base and base frame. You may also wish to make arm rests depending on the type of chair design you made.

Step 6 - Finishing Off

You may leave your log chair in its natural glory or choose to apply a finishing color spray or varnish.

A log chair is always a nice addition to your yard or lawn since it retains a natural and warm atmosphere with its wooden characteristics. Trying to make one yourself is satisfying and less costly, so you should give it a try even if you are not a woodwork expert.