How to Make Wooden Boat Seats

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How to Make Wooden Boat Seats
Some boat seats go the length of the boat. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A boat seat can be as simple as a wooden board positioned in the middle of a motorboat or as fancy as a leather-covered captain's chair. A good compromise is a pedestal seat. Secured to the deck of the boat, the seat provides a stable, elevated viewpoint that's high enough to see the water in front of the boat's bow. Select a vinyl colour to complement the boat or use leather for an upscale appearance.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Drill
  • 1 ½-inch wood screws
  • Pedestal
  • 2, 2-by-4-inch pressure-treated boards, 8 feet long
  • Circular saw
  • Cushion stuffing
  • 4 feet batting
  • Scissors
  • Staple gun
  • 2 yards waterproof vinyl
  • 2 boat-seat levers

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  1. 1

    Select where you want to install your pedestal seat. Use the drill and 1 ½-inch wood screws to screw the pedestal into the deck of the boat.

  2. 2

    Cut two 18-inch-long pieces and seven 21-inch-long pieces out of the 2-by-4-inch lumber with a circular saw.

  3. 3

    Build a square frame out of the two 18-inch-long pieces and two 21-inch-long pieces of wood. The 18-inch-long pieces will be between the 21-inch-long pieces of wood. Screw the frame together through the 21-inch-long pieces of wood and into the ends of the 18-inch-long pieces of wood.

  4. 4

    Lay the last five 21-inch-long pieces across the top of the frame. Align the pieces to the bottom 21-inch-long edges so that you are building an open-topped box and screw the boards onto the frame.

  5. 5

    Flip over the box and overfill it with cushion stuffing. Cut a 4-foot section of batting with the scissors and centre it over the top of the box.

  6. 6

    Staple the batting to one side of the box with the staple gun. Move to the other side of the box and put tension on the batting. Staple the batting to the second side of the box. Fold the batting over the remaining two sides and staple it down.

  7. 7

    Flip the box over and wrap the batting onto the bottom, then put a few staples around the edges to hold the batting. Flatten the corners before stapling. Trim the batting within an inch of the staples.

  8. 8

    Wrap the seat in waterproof vinyl in the same manner you did the batting. Staple the vinyl on the bottom of the seat. Pay special attention to the corners. Trim any excess.

  9. 9

    Build a second vinyl-wrapped box for the seat backrest exactly the same way you did the first one.

  10. 10

    Screw both of the seat levers onto the back of one of the vinyl-covered boxes; your backrest is almost complete. Attach the backrest to the seat by screwing the levers onto the bottom of the seat box. Space the levers 1 foot apart and make sure the backrest lines up with the seat.

  11. 11

    Place the seat on the pedestal and screw up through the connector holes on the top of the pedestal into the bottom of the seat.

  12. 12

    Cut a piece of vinyl slightly larger than the backrest. Fold the edges under and place it over the exposed edges of the piece of vinyl material you wrapped the backrest with. This square of vinyl will also cover where the levers attach to the backrest. Staple around the outside edge, securing it in place.

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