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DIY: Minimalist Chair

Minimalism at its finest! Clean lines and wood are the motto of this chair. With a little material and some DIY experience, you can easily and quickly build your own special folding chair yourself. Whether garden or terrace, this modern It-Piece is an eye-catcher for every outdoor area. Its unique construction makes it also easy to transport and stow away.

With this instruction, you can build this in a few steps:

Material Tools
Squared timber 60 cm x 4 cm x 4 cm Circular Saw
2x Laminated spruce panel 30 cm x 120 cm Jigsaw
1x Exterior Oil (in your preferred colour) Rotating Sander
Screws cordless drill

Step 1: Constructing the seating surface

You start by marking the seat board. Here you take your 120x35 cm board and cut it down to a length of 90. After that you start measuring the seat, with a length of 35 cm. Then you mark 5 cm in from either side. Move down 55 cm and make marks at 5cm in as well. Use your long straight edge to connect the 5cm lines. Now saw along the lines with a circular saw. After that you can then mark and saw off the corners of the seat with the help of a round object.

Step 2: Constructing the back piece

The next step is to saw a cutout into the other board (120x30). This is the cutout, where the seat board afterwards gets easily slid through. Before you start cutting, you should mark the cutout with a length of 20 cm. The width of the cutout is the thickness of the wooden board.

Now that everything is marked, it is recommended to drill a hole through the cutout, so it simplifies the working with the jigsaw afterwards. After that, the upper two corners of the board, get rounded off. Then you continue by sawing out a semicircle at the bottom of the board.

Step 3: Cut squared timbers

The squared timbers, which later act as brackets, can now be trimmed. I just halved my squared timber and sanded the edges with sandpaper.

After that you secure them on the longer board, the "backrest". You start by attaching one of the squared timbers below the cut-out, then you turn the board and screw the other one above the cut-out. This will help you to ensure a secure fit afterwards and prevent the boards from breaking through.

Step 4: The finish

Now you can sand all parts in several steps. I started with grit 80 and worked down till I reached grit 350. After that you only get rid of the dust and then start oiling the workpiece immediately. I used external oil for that. This then needs to dry for at least 12 hours.

In the end, you just piece the two boards together. And finished is your stylish garden stool!

Have fun! Until next time


Tim (Tim’s Technik)

AuthorTim Schnüge
Reading time7 minutes

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