In as little as one weekend, you can build a chaise longue chair that will offer a comfortable outdoor perch for years to come. Many woodworking and carpentry sources online offer plans, either free or for a fee. Either way, building your own chaise saves considerable expense and can produce a piece of furniture every bit as sturdy and handsome as a store-bought version.
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Retro Chaise Longue
Mother Earth News offers free plans to build a "retro" chaise longue with lines inspired by early to mid-20th century design. The plans specify using either redwood or cedar. The finished chaise has an adjustable backrest to allow sitting or lying flat. The two side frame pieces feature gentle curves and the primary surface of the chaise is composed of thin wooden slats. Necessary tools include a carpenter's square, a fine and coarse rasp or sander, a sabre saw, four six-inch C clamps, a drill and drill bits and a paintbrush. In addition to lumber, you will need varnish or wood preservative, epoxy, screws, lag bolts and carriage bolts.
Cedar Chaise Longue
Shaw Creek General Store offers plans for a cedar chaise longue chair complete with wheels for easy transport. The back reclines to three different positions to permit flat sunbathing or upright reading or chatting. Red cedar is specified to best weather the elements. In addition to lumber, the plans require carriage bolts, flat washers, lockwashers, nuts, galvanised screws, red cedar plugs, joining plates and glue. Necessary tools include a spokeshave, chisel, sandpaper, a drill, a sabre saw and clamps.
A "Hacked" Chaise Lounge
For a chaise longue inspired by such popular retailers as Pottery Barn, West Elm or Restoration Hardware, follow Knock-Off Wood's plans. They provide instruction for both a reclinable chaise and a cushion to place on top. The plan is described as advanced level, recommended for those familiar with woodworking and building. Necessary tools include measuring tape, a carpenter's square, a level, a saw, a drill, a jigsaw, a sander and finishing supplies, such as varnish. Besides lumber, necessary materials include screws, pipe straps, wood glue, wood filler and foam and material for the cushion.
If you're willing to pay for your chaise longue plans, consider Woodworkers Workshop.com, where plans for their Lazy Days Chaise Lounge cost £5.80 as of August 2010. The reclining back adjusts to five different positions. While the plans recommend using mahogany, you may use other kinds of lumber, as well. Tools needed include a tablesaw, a planer, clamps, a router, a bandsaw, a drill and some common hand tools. The plans were devised by the editors of WOOD magazine and include detailed instructions, drawings and materials lists.
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