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How to make a Garden Throne
garden throne
woodworking projects from the do-it-yourself carpentery workshop

How to make a Garden Throne See the video
arrow Page one: Introduction, Wood Size, Cutting List and Fixing Method
bullet Page two: The Plans
bullet Page three: Instructions - Making the Side Frames
bullet Page four: Instructions - Assembling the Frame
bullet Page five: Instructions - The Seat and Base
bullet Page six: The Finishing Touches   -   User Comments/Photos

Introduction, Wood Size, Cutting List and Fixing Method.

Introduction throne garden feature

How to make a throne for the garden.

This garden throne is just as much a garden feature as something to sit on. In fact it is probably not the most comfortable chair to laze or slouch in but rather a sit up straight and proud, and run your eyes over your kingdom (or compost heap) chair. Regardless, it sure looks good in the garden!

Note: This is the standard (feet and inch version). To go to the metric version click here.

The metric version also delves a little into the place from where the project idea originated.

Where did the idea for this throne come from? Find out!

Wood Size

The wood size used for the frame is 3"x3" actual size.
This is not a readily available or common size, but similar sizes can still be obtained from the odd merchant, or made by ripping and/or planing down a larger sized wood.
A more common wood size is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" actual size, which is 4" x 4" after it has been planed (smoothed).
If you cannot source or make 3"x3", then use 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" instead. The chair will have a bulkier look but some might prefer that anyway.

The cutting list (Other materials listed below)

[a] back leg
3" x 3"
51 1/2"
[b] front leg
3" x 3"
[c] seat front and rear rail
3" x 3
[d] seat side rail
3" x 3"
[e] angled back piece
3" x 3"
[f] horizontal back piece
3" x 3"
approx 6" (check on site)
[g] arm
3" x 3"
[h] front and rear base
1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
approx 32" (check on site)
[i] side base
1 1/2" x 3 1/2"
approx 26" (check on site)
[j] seat and base board support
1" x 1"
measure and cut on site
[k] seat board
1" x 6"
[l] base board
1" x 6"
approx 22" (check on site)
Altogether (allowing for a bit of waste) you will need:
25ft of 3"x3" wood suitable for exterior use (if you cannot source 3"x3", then use 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"),
10ft of 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" wood suitable for exterior use,
14ft of 1" x 1" wood suitable for exterior use,
15ft of 1" x 6" wood suitable for exterior use,
and 9ft of 1/2" diameter dowel (round wood).

You will also need...

56 of 3" wood screws (exterior type),
32 of 1 1/2" wood screws (exterior type),
4 of 3/8" carriage bolts 5" long with nuts and washers,
exterior type wood glue,
and some type of wrought iron or metal pattern for the chair back.

Fixing method

Fix all joints with glue and 3" wood screws, four screws to each joint.
First drill 1/2" diameter holes down into each joint's face piece, leaving 1 1/4" (as per diagram below).
Then continue through with a smaller (screw shank size) hole.
Add some glue and fasten with the screws.
Finally plug the holes with 1/2" diameter dowel. Glue in the dowel, cut off any excess and sand.

throne joint fixing detail

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