How to Make Your Own Beach Chair

How to Make Your Own Beach Chair

Build a special comfy deck chair for the beach or just lounging around in the backyard. If you make some for the kids the whole family can relax together.

Instructions are given for an adult's and a child's deck chair. Materials and m easurements for the adult chair are given first; any changes for the child's chair are I in brackets. If there is only one figure, it applies to both sizes.

You need: Cutting and Assembly diagrams

• Four (three) 8 - foot lengths of 2 - x 1 - inch clear hardwood, such as birch or maple • Four slip washers

• Four 3/8 - inch lock washers

• Four 5/16 - inch carriage bolts, 1 - 1/2 - inches long, with four corresponding nuts

• Ten 1 - 1/2 - inch wood screws

• Saw

• Hammer

• Chisel

• Plane

• Drill with assorted bits

• Screwdriver

• Pliers

• Set square

• Tape measure

• Sandpaper in various grades

• Varnish or wax

• Piece of sturdy fabric such as canvas, duck or denim or drapery chintz fused to both sides of sturdy fabric with Stitch Witchery or similar bonding web, 52 - x 18 - inches (40 - 3/4 - x 12 - 1/2 - inches)

• Matching thread

To make:

1. Fabric seat: Press under 1/4 - inch, then 1/4 - inch again, along long edges of fabric. Edgestitch along both folds. Press under 1/2 - inch, then 2 - 3/4 - inch es, along short edges to form sleeves for wood. Edgestitch along first fold then 1/4 - inch from this. Machine - zigzag ends of stitching lines to reinforce.

2. Mark and cut wood as follows: 

A - 2 pieces 22 - inches (16 - 1/2 - inches) long 

B - 2 pieces 48 - inches ( 36 - inches) long 

C - 2 pieces 18 - inches (13 - 1/2 - inches) long 

D - 1 piece 23 - 1/2 - inches (18 - inches) long 

E - 2 pieces 33 - inches (24 - 3/4 - inches) long 

F - 2 pieces 20 - 1/2 - inches (15 - inches) long With pencil, label each piece.

3. Cut notches, 3/8 - inch deep, in A, D and F, as shown in Cutting Diagram (cut sides of notch with saw, then chisel out flat bottom). Cut check - mark shaped grooves, 3/4 - inch deep, in E pieces, as shown in Cutting Diagram. With plane, round off one long, unnotched (top) edge on one A piece and one F piece. Sand all pieces smooth. Wax or varnish as desired .

4. With a 3/8 - inch bit, drill holes for bolts, right through and at right angles to broad sides of B, C and E, in positions shown in Assembly Diagra m. With a larger bit, countersink appropriate side of each hole to accommodate bolt heads and nuts.

5. Slip rounded A piece through sleeve at top of fabric seat , having round edge facing up at top. Slip rounded F piece through sleeve at bottom of fabric seat, having round edge facing up at bottom.

6. On a flat surface, assemble pieces E and F into a rectangle, fitting notches in place as shown in Asse mbly Diagram. Drill holes (to fit screws), 1 - 1/2 - inches deep through top ends of F pieces centred over notches. With a larger bit, countersink holes to accommodate screw heads. Screw together.

(Note : It is important that each assembled unit lies flat, or finished chair frame will be warped. If unit does not lie flat, adjust tightness of screws to correct tension) .

Assemble pieces A and B into a rectangle, fitting notches in place as shown in Assembly Diagram, being careful that fabric is not twisted and that rounded A piece is in correct position. Drill holes (to fit screws), 1 - 1/2 - inches deep through top ends of A pieces, centred over notches. Countersink holes a s before. Screw together. Assemble pieces C and piece D into a U - shape, fitting notches in place as shown in Assembly Diagram. Drill holes (to fit screws), 1 - 1/2 - inches deep through top ends of piece D centred over notches. Countersink as before. Screw tog ether .

7. Bolt units together as shown in Assembly Diagram detail, leaving bolted joints slightly loose so chair may be folded up.

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