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

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garden longe frame Step 6: Assembling the side rails and end rails

Lay the two side rails on a couple of saw horses, and glue and screw the two end rails to them, one at each end.
Pre-drill the screw holes in the end rails prior to fixing.

Step 7: Fixing the front slats

Pre-drill all the screw holes in the front slats, two holes at each end of each slat. Make the holes 1/2" (12mm) in from the sides and 3/8" (9mm) in from the ends.
predril the screw holes in the garden lounge slats

Fix (glue and screw) the two end slats first (see drawing below), and then add the intermediate slats, making sure they are evenly spaced.
fix the slats to the garden chair lower frame

fit the backrest slats Step 8: Fixing the backrest slats

Pre-drill all the screw holes in the backrest slats, two holes at each end of each slat. Make the holes 1/2" (12mm) in from the sides and 1 1/8" (28mm) in from the ends.
predril the screw holes in the garden lounge slats

Fix (glue and screw) the two end slats first, and then add the intermediate slats, making sure they are evenly spaced. Wedges of wood are handy to help space the slats. (See picture.)

IMPORTANT: Note that the drill holes in the front slats are positioned differently to those in the backrest slats. Why?
The front slats are fixed flush to the side rails, whereas the back slats overhang the backrest rails by 3/4" (19mm) each side. (See drawing below.)
slat fixing detail
The frame with the backrest rails must be able to fit in between the frame with the side rails, as you will see in Step 9.

position the lounge chair backrest and rear legs Step 9: Positioning the backrest and the rear legs

The backrest frame should tuck neatly in between the side rails of the main frame.
Position the backrest frame by eye, so that the slats in both frames appear like a seamless run from one to the other.

When the lower-most slat on the backrest is sitting hard on the side rails of the main frame (see drawing below) and is parallel with the side rails, you can then clamp the backrest rail to the side rail on each side. The backrest should now be sloping up 30°.

backrest angle

When the backrest is positioned and clamped, then the rear legs can also be positioned and clamped.
The legs should be at right angles to the backrest and as hard up to the end rail as possible. Refer to the plans for placement.

Note that there is a packing piece that fits between the rear leg and the side rail. See the plans for further detail.

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