Easy to make Garden Furniture

Made of pine, these comfortable chairs are easy to make for a deck or patio, or just for lounging in the garden.




So easy to make if you use a Kreg Pockethole Jig, this project from BuildSomething offers simple step-by-step instructions for making beautiful garden chairs using pine, supplies and tools that you can find at your local Builders Warehouse. 





Make a set of pine garden chairs for relaxing outdoors during the summer months.






2 of 32 x 94 x 650mm pine - chair arm top

4 of 32 x 94 x 586mm pine - chair arm bottom/seat sides

4 of 32 x 94 x 616mm pine - chair arm front/back

9 of 32 x 94 x 610mm pine - chair back/seat slats and chair front

2 of 19 x 44 x 586mm pine - seat supports

Wood glue

3.5 x 30mm screws [8]

4 x 50mm screws [16]

32mm coarse thread pockethole screws [50]




Drill / Driver plus assorted bits

Kreg Pockethole Jig

Orbital Sander plus 120- and 240-grit sanding pads

Tape measure and pencil








1. Assemble the side arms by drilling [2] pocketholes at  both ends of the chair arm bottom, and at the top of the chair arm sides. Use wood glue and 32mm screws to assemble. 




Although the pocketholes are shown on top of the chair arm bottom - do them on the underside and out of sight.





2. Join the sides together with the back slats. Drill [2] pocketholes at both ends of each slat to secure to the chair sides with wood glue and 32mm screws. The pocketholes should be at the back of the slats.




Align the top slat with the edge of the chair arm. The bottom slat should be mounted 146mm up from the bottom. Allow a 42mm spacing between the back slats.





3. Drill [2] pocketholes at both ends of the chair front and sides and secure to the chair sides as shown above.





4. Measure and mark 32mm down on the chair sides for mounting the seat supports. Attach the seat supports using wood glue and 30mm screws [4] along the length.



5. Place the seat slats to align with the front and back of the chair sides, leaving a 70mm gap between the slats. Secure the slats onto the support with [2] 50mm screws at either side.






Sand the finished project with 120-grit to remove any rough edges and then with 240-grit for a smooth finish. Wipe clean before applying Woodoc 50 or Woodoc 55 Exterior Sealer in clear or your choice of tinted colour.



To make your own chair cushions, have 50mm thick foam cut to size at www.FoamFactory.co.za or local foam supplier, and upholster with outdoor upholstery fabric. You will find easy instructions here for making your own cushions.