How to Make a Plank Chair

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How to Make a Plank Chair. A plank chair is a unique conversation piece and woodworking project. You can make it from driftwood, or you can purchase the lumber to make it. You can leave the wood in its natural state, or you can stain or paint the finished product. You can even add decorations to it. However you choose to make your plank chair, it can give you many years of comfort.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood plank at least 8 feet by 12 inches by 2 inches
  • Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Sand paper
  • Stain
  • Choose a piece of wood. Look for a piece that has a nice wood grain pattern and no knots.

  • Cut the wood into two pieces. One piece should be 40 inches long and the other 51 inches. However, you can vary the lengths if you want.

  • Measure 15 inches from the top of the longer board. Cut 2 inches off each side of the board.

  • Mark 15½ inches from the bottom of the shorter board. Center the tapered end of the longer board above this mark. Trace around the narrow edge of the tapered board. Use a jigsaw to cut out the rectangle. This can be the hardest part of the whole project.

  • Slip the tapered board through the hole. Sit in your chair. Adjust the height and any other problems you see.

  • Mark the angles needed to make boards fit together neatly. Also, mark the floor angles. Use a saw to carefully cut the angles.

  • Sand, stain and finish your chair. Or, you can leave it in its natural state. Let the finish dry, and then you're ready to enjoy your new plank chair.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use pressure-treated wood.

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