YellaWood® Outdoor Building Project Plans

Build a Daytripper Chair

Estimated Cost: $$$$

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Total: 6 – 7 hours

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This chair is made up of two interlocking pieces that can be taken apart for easy storage or transport. When set up, the chair is sturdy, comfortable, and bears a simple elegance. You can break it down and easily carry it to the beach or a little league game. Or keep a couple on hand in storage for when you need extra outdoor seating.

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  • (2) 2 x 6 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • (2) 1 x 6 x 8' YellaWood® brand pressure treated pine
  • ⅛ x 24 x 48" hardboard for templates
  • 2" deck screws
  • Waterproof wood glue
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  • A. (2) 1 ½ x 5 ½ x 36"
  • B. (2) 1 ½ x 5 x 34"
  • C. (1) ¾ x 3 ½ x 23"
  • D. (2) ¾ x 2 ½ x 23"
  • E. (11) ¾ x 2 x 23"
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Miter saw or circular saw
Miter saw or circular saw
Table saw
Table saw
Driver
Driver
⅛" drill bit
⅛" drill bit
Jig saw
Jig saw
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
Damp rag to wipe up excess glue
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Instructions

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  1. 1

    Cut your 2 x stock to length for the back legs (A) and seat legs (B), then lay out the curves according to the dimensions on the illustration detail (see special instructions for laying out curves). To round the corners of your legs, lay a 25-cent piece in each corner and trace it to achieve what amounts to a ½" radius. You may find it easier to first lay out the curves on a piece of hardboard and make a pattern. This will ensure consistent pieces and you’ll have the pattern for later use if you decide to build more chairs.

  2. 2

    Cut the top slat (C), seat supports (D) and slats (E) to dimensions on the cut list. On your top slat (C), mark two points 9" in from each end and centered 1 ¾" from the top and bottom edges, drill two 1" diameter holes at those points. Connect the outside edges of those two holes with a straightedge and cut those lines with a jig saw to create a hand-grip hole.

  3. 3

    Begin assembly by attaching the seat supports (D) to the back legs (A) according to the dimensions in the illustration. You may have to use a framing square to make sure the supports are square on the legs.

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  1. 4

    Start attaching slats by beginning with the top slat (C) flush with the top edges of the back legs (A). Use ½" spacers to continue attaching 5 more slats (E). Make sure all slats are evenly spaced and square to the legs.

  2. 5

    Attach the remaining six slats (E) to the seat legs (B), beginning with the front slat flush to front edges of the legs. Again, use ½" spacers and keep slats square to the legs.

  3. 6

    Sand all edges and surfaces smooth, apply a waterproofing finish according to manufacturer directions, interlock the two components and relax!