Woodworking Course

These wooden dining chairs will give you a sleek, mission style. The measurements can easily be changed to adjust for different sizes and the back style is easy to adjust to your needs. All skills are basic and the tools needed are easy to acquire.

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    Gather your materials. You’ll need 2x2s, 1x4s, a sheet of 1.5″ plywood, 1/4″ dowels, wood glue, 2.5″ decking screws, double ended screws, a drill with a 1/4″ bit, a jigsaw, and a circular saw. The saws can both be rented from major hardware stores and other local companies.[1]
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    Cut the sides. You’ll need to cut:

    • Two 16.5″ pieces of 2×2
    • Two 37″ pieces of 2×2
    • Two 14″ pieces of 1×4
    • One 14″ piece of 1×4, then split that lengthwise into two long pieces.
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    Assemble the sides.
    • Drill 1/4″ holes half-way into the 16.5″ posts, 1 1/6″ from the top and then 2 1/3″ from the top.
    • Cut identically spaced 1/4″ holes into both ends of the 1×4 boards.
    • Drill 1/4″ holes half-way into the 37″ posts, 15 1/3″ from the bottom, then 14 1/6″ from the bottom.
    • Glue and then insert dowels into the holes. Then you can fit all of the pieces together to form the two sides of the chair. The side pieces should be flush with the tops of the short posts.
    • Slide the split 1x4s 4″ up from the bottom on either side piece and screw them into place with decking screws.
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    Prepare for the connections.
    • Cut three pieces of 14″ 1×4, and cut a 12″ piece of 1×4 into 3 pieces.
    • Cut a 17×17″ square from the plywood for the seat. Then cut 1.5″x1.5″ notches out of two of the corners of the board, to make room for the back posts.
    • Drill 1/4″ dowel holes into one of the 1x4s at the edge on one of the long sides (one hole centered and the other two 4 1/3″ from each end of the board).
    • Line up this piece with the seat piece on the side that has the notches. Mark the locations of the dowel holes from the 1×4 onto the seat piece between the two notches. Drill 1/4″ dowel holes there as well.
    • Drill 1/4″ dowel holes, centered, into each of your 3 pieces created from the 1×4.
    • Drill centered pilot holes in your posts for your decking screws 1 3/4″ from the top of the short posts and 14 3/4 from the bottom of your tall posts.
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    Build the chair back. Glue and insert dowels into both ends of the 3 pieces created from the 1×4. Then, insert them into the 1×4 and into the seat back. Allow the glue to set before proceeding.