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How to build a King Chair

Ideal for the garden

This King chair or 'garden throne' is just as much a garden ornament as it is something to sit on. In fact it is probably not the most comfortable of chairs to laze or slouch in but rather a "sit up straight" chair where you can sit proud and run your eyes over your kingdom (or compost heap).

Angela sitting in the garden throne

In this documentation:   We begin (in this order) with a bit about wood and wood sizes, some plan drawings, the material requirements, the cutting list, and the step-by-step instructions with specific plan drawings along the way, and heaps of relevant photos.

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Wood and Wood Size

The measurements in this project are in both inches and millimetre. The inches are given first followed by their metric equivalents in brackets - for example: 3"x3" (75mm x 75mm).

The wood I used to make the chair frame was treated dressed (smooth/planed) pine.
The wood size (width and thickness) I used for the frame was 3"x3" (75mm x 75mm) actual size.
That is not a common wood size but it is the size that I wanted, so I more or less had to rip and plane it out of bigger wood. Take heart that if you decide to resize any of the wood, it is not such a great amount.

A more common dressed wood size is 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 90mm). In retrospect I would have used 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 90mm), as I think that the king chair could have handled a slightly bulkier look. Basically, If you use any stock size between 3"x3" (75mm x 75mm) and 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" (90mm x 90mm) for the chair frame, it will look just fine.