2×4 chair from Wheaton IL: Your design is flawless as far as I’m concerned

Evan from Wheaton IL sent an awesome message with photo’s of the chairs he made. This was his first woodworking project since grade school! Here’s what he has to say:

I made two, one straight from the design, and another with a modified back.  Stained the crap out of both of them.  I guess it was a father’s day thing.  Made one yesterday, took most of the day, and one today that took about 3 hours.  The backs are all from one pallet, on which was shipped the shingles for my father’s roof.  Other than that, all but one of each chair’s front legs are 2×4’s from HD. The pallet wood seems to be much harder than the 2×4’s.  Your design is flawless as far as I’m concerned, thank you for sharing. 

Looks great Evan, thanks for sharing your pictures!





5 thoughts on “2×4 chair from Wheaton IL: Your design is flawless as far as I’m concerned

  1. Hello again, actually, I found that not all pieces are needed; the last board (2×4 or 1×4 if used) for the seat at the rear is not needed, thus allowing to place screws from the inside. Also, the strigners for the seat support can be cut to match the angle of the back legs, i.e. twice the angle of the base of the legs. Still, cool chair and I’m getting rave reviews; people want them, men fear me, women seek me… ha ha LOL

  2. cool chair and nice looking. I understand that the angle cut in the back legs to the backrest is a 27 degrees but what is the angle cut at the base of the front legs?
    Is the back leg bottom cut at ninety degrees as I assumed?
    Thank you, PV

      • thanks, here is my version of the chair (some people however find these ‘clunky’; what can we do about it? I have a few ideas, such as tapering the legs, any others?
        how can I send you a photo of mine?

      • Thanks for your comment. Re: “Some people find these clunky’. You bring up a good point. In this design, every piece of wood and every cut you make are needed. Without any of the pieces or cuts, the chair would fall apart. There are no ‘spaces bars’ or cut’s to make it more elegant. So it’s also a great starting point to make changes, like you suggest to taper the legs, or to add a piece to cover the front like another maker did. So bring it on and make your own versions!


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