How to Make Wooden Chairs

Wooden chairs can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be. Of course, the simpler the design, the easier it is to build your own wooden chairs, but you can still make them special.

The instructions will contain exact measurements for an "average" size square wooden chair. You may, of course, adjust the measurements to accommodate you or the person who will be using the chair.

How to Make Wooden Chairs

Step 1

Cut rounded 2X4 lumber into four pieces, each 16 inches long. These will be your chair legs.

Step 2

Cut a piece of flatter wood that is 15 inches thick into a twelve-inch square. This is your chair seat. Using your planing tool cut a "slope" into the back of the seat, so that the chair seat will have a three-fourths to one-inch "drop."

Step 3

Cut a piece of wood into a twelve-inch square for your chair back. How thick you want this piece of wood to be will be up to you, as you will know how thick or thin you want the back to be. (See TIPS for more information.)

Step 4

Sand each piece, starting with a coarse grit of sandpaper and finishing with a very fine grit as you reach your desired level of smoothness. Pay special attention to the seat and the seat back, as splinters left in these pieces can possibly become lodged in some very uncomfortable places on one's body.

Step 5

Paint, stain, or varnish your chair pieces at this time, and allow them to dry thoroughly. (See TIPS for more information.)

Step 6

Using your power or hand saw, or a chisel or hammer if you wish, cut a notch into the tops of each chair leg and the back of the chair seat so that the chair back piece will fit securely.

Step 7

Attach your chair seat to the chair legs, using your hammer, electric screwdriver, or nail gun and screws or nails.

Step 8

Attach your chair back to the chair legs and seat, using your hammer, electric screwdriver, or nail gun and screws or nails. Make sure the chair back cannot "wiggle" back and forth.

Step 9

Place pieces of felt, cut to fit, on the chair legs.

Step 10

Enjoy your new chair!