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Garden sun lounge DIY outdoor woodworking project
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How to make a Relaxing Garden Lounger
arrow Page one: Introduction, Plans and the Cutting List
bullet Page two: Cutting and shaping the pieces
bullet Page three: Making the wheels
bullet Page four: Assembling the frames and slats
bullet Page five: Adding the legs and the wheels   -   User Comments/Photos

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Introduction, Plans and Cutting List

A chair to relax in.
This garden lounge chair doesn't have an adjustable backrest that can be raised or lowered: it is fixed in permanent relax mode, so it's really not much good for drinking or eating - unless you're an expert at doing that while reclining! BUT if you just want to lay back and laze in the sun or relax in your garden and listen to the birds sing (or the pigs grunt, the geese honk or to whatever other critter you have roaming your garden), then this chair is for you. Oh, and it also looks very stylish and can be easily wheeled around.

The wood.
This lounge chair is constructed solely out of 1"x4" (25mm x 100mm) wood which when dressed/planed becomes 3/4" x 3 1/2" (19mm x 90mm) finished actual size. The latter is what is used and what will be referred to throughout this project.

The measurements.
The measurements throughout this project are given in both Standard (inches) and Metric (mm). The standard measurements are best suited to North America and the metric measurements are best suited to Australasia and other countries. The imperial (inch) sizes given in this project do not convert exactly to their corresponding metric (mm) equivalents, so use one or the other and you should have no problems.

Directly below are the plan drawings.
Under the drawings is the cutting list.

The instructions, with pictures included, are on successive pages.

The Plans
garden lounge project plan

The cutting list

ITEM DESCRIPTION
STOCK SIZE
LENGTH
HOW MANY
PIECES
[A] side rail
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
66" (1650mm)
2
[A1] side rail add-on
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
40" (1000mm)
2
[B] backrest rail
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
34 3/4" (870mm)
2
[B1] backrest rail add-on
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
13" (325mm)
2
[C] slat
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
23" (575mm)
20
[D] end rail
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
23" (575mm)
2
[E] front leg
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
15 1/2" (387mm)
2
[F side leg
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
15 1/2" (387mm)
2
[G] rear leg
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
22" (550mm)
2
[H] rear leg packer
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
6" (150mm)
2
[I] rear leg brace
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
18 1/2" (462mm)
1
[J] wheel
3/4" x 3 1/2"
(90mm x 19mm)
12" (300mm)
18


Hardware
110 wood screws 1 1/2" (38mm) long.
Four 3/8" (10mm) carriage bolts 2" (50mm) long.
Two 3/8" (10mm) carriage bolts 2 3/4" (70mm) long.
Wood glue.

For the wheel axles
Two pieces of 1/2" (12mm) galvanized threaded rod 5 1/2" (138mm) long.
Four 1/2" (12mm) nuts.
Two 1/2" (12mm) lock nuts.
Eight 1/2" (12mm) washers.

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