Wooden Chair

Learning how to build a chair is a great way to improve the look of either the inside of your house, or your deck or patio.  There are a variety of different types that you can build, and many materials that you can make them out of.  Chairs are commonly built out of wood, but more inexpensive materials such as aluminum and plastic are also used.  The most common type of chair to build is an Adirondack, which is meant to be placed outside on a deck or patio.  Another common and elegant looking choice is a rocking chair.  Whatever design you choose to build, you should know what you’re getting into beforehand.  Certain styles and designs are for entry level woodworkers, while some are for expert craftsmen who are refined in their trade.


If you have an outdoor patio or deck, the Adirondack chair is one of the nicest chairs you can construct.  This design is both easy to make, as well as extremely comfortable.  The fact that it requires no cushions while still remaining comfortable is a huge advantage.  There’s no need to worry about covering the chair or sheltering it from rain.  With the proper application of stain, it will survive the elements just fine.  These require little knowledge of woodworking to build, it’s a fairly straight forward process.  For this reason, this is one of the most commonly build chairs that do it yourselfers make.

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A rocking chair is probably one of the most difficult type you can make.  Often times the back and other pieces are intricately designed, sometimes even carved out by hand.  They usually require special tools that the average woodworker doesn’t own.  They’re also quite expensive to build because they’re made out of quality wood such as oak.  These chairs are however a great addition to living rooms that have a lot of wood trim, or perhaps hardwood floors.  While rocking chairs aren’t always made out of wood, this is the most common application.  You can find plastic or even metal rocking chairs, but they’re less commonly seen.


Another type of chair that a lot of do it yourselfers like to tackle are high chairs.  This is something your child will use every day, so why not have the satisfaction of building it yourself?  These are so inexpensive to build, there’s really no reason not to do it.  You can use cheap pine wood, sometimes even scrap you have laying around to construct them.  For the lumber, you should be able to take on this inexpensive project for as little as $20.  They’ll also look nicer than the alternative, which are the plastic ones that you can purchase at the store.  You will also have the peace of mind that what you built is sturdy and safe for your child.

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You don’t normally associate lawn chairs with something you build yourself.  However, there are many different styles of wood lawn chairs that any do it yourselfer can assemble.  Wooden lawn chairs hold a couple advantages over the typical fold up ones seen in many households.  They look amazing and can match the deck, shed, or any other wood you have around your patio.  They’re also extremely durable, and inexpensive to make.  The only downside is you might have to occasionally refinish the stain to protect it against rain and the sun.


It doesn’t matter what kind of chair you’re building, making your own stuff gives a lot more satisfaction in the end.  There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly cut wood, and knowing that the project you built has the potential to remain in your family for generations to come.  With proper maintenance and care, a wooden chair will outlive even you.  Making your own is inexpensive, easy to do, and allows for the maximum amount of customization possible.  You can build it to match furniture, or you can follow an existing plan.  Whatever your choice, you’re sure to be satisfied with the end result.