DIY Outdoor Chairs

5 Materials
10 Hours


  1. (5) 2x4’s @ 8 feet (framing lumber)
  2. 2 inch brand nails
  3. 2 1/2" kreg screws
  4. Stainable wood filler
  5. Stain
  6. Cushions


  1. Miter saw
  2. Tape Measure
  3. Electric Sander
  4. Table Saw
  5. Stain
  6. Nail gun
  7. Kreg jig
  8. Drill


1. Using a miter saw:

Cut 4 pieces 24.5 inches (for the legs)

Cut 2 pieces 27 inches (for the arms)

Cut 14 pieces 24 inches (for the side pieces and back pieces and support pieces)

2. Use the Table saw to rip down:

Rip down 6 of the 24 in pieces to 1x3's

Rip down the rest of them to 2x3’s


4. Use the Kreg Jig to make pocket holes:

Two pocket holes in 7 pieces. All the 24 inch 2x3's (these will basically make the frame of the chair)

5. Assemble the side framing pieces.

6. Add in the 3 1x3 slats on each side.

7. Attach the back pieces and the front bottom piece. Then add the supports at the bottom.

Once you are done you stain it and fill in the holes with wood filler. Then you can use a satin sealer to seal it.

Cushion size

Wayfair cushions

Each side of the chair

Trying to pick out a stain

Attaching the back part and the front part

Finished product

Suggested materials:

  • 2x3’s  (Lowes)
  • Stain  (Lowes)
  • Cushions  (Wayfair)
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  • Flipturn
    on Apr 18, 2020

    If it cost only $85 for lumber, materials, and the cushions pr one chair, you did well. To purchase ready-made retail price would be way more than that, plus you have enhanced the usability of your porch with your own handiwork!

    I would suggest that you spray the cushions with Scotchguard Outdoor spray. It is a quality product that helps the fabric repel stains, and to improve its water-resistency.

  • For people who may not have a table saw to rip 2x4 down to smaller dimensions, lumberyards and big box stores sell 1x3 and 2x3. If not use 1x4 and 2x4. Much safer and less sanding than re-sawing even if you do have a table saw.

    Jerry(Carpenter from way back)

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