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Chair Flair

Take your outdoor décor to a whole new level with DIY wingback chairs!

Take your outdoor décor to a whole new level with DIY wingback chairs!
Chair Flair

What You'll Need

Tools Materials
  • Wood Shield Best 100% Acrylic Semi-Transparent Stain
  • steel wool: coarse 1665-193
  • steel wool: medium 1665-077
  • paint brush 1613-356
Wood for Two Chairs:
  • 8/4 x 8 x 12' pine
  • 1 x 12 x 60' pine
Chair Flair
Chair Flair
Chair Flair

Here's How

Download InstructionsSIDE, BACK & SEAT PANELS:
  1. To connect the 1 x 12 boards for the side, back, and seat panels, cut groove joints into the edges of the connecting boards. Cut the grooves 1/4"wide by 3/4" deep.
  2. Rip 1/4" x 1-1/2" loose tongues to fit into the grooves, then glue and clamp the boards together. Add glue to loose joints or to fill voids.
  3. Now cut the panels to size. Cut rabbets along the edges of the back and side panels, and the bottom seat panel where they will be joined to each other.
  4. Using glue and clamps, assemble the back panel to the bottom seat panel. Then glue and clamp the side panels to the bottom seat and back panel. Use plenty of glue to fill any voids at the joints.
  5. Now glue and clamp the front apron to the chair.


  1. Cut the parts for the four feet using the 8/4 x 8 pine (two pieces glued together) for the interior of the feet and the 1 x 12 pine for the sides.
  2. Assemble the feet using glue and clamps. Then screw the feet securely to the chair from the inside of the chair.

  1. Screw cleats to the insides of the chair directly above the bottom seat panel. Now put the top seat panel into position and glue and screw it to the tops of the cleats.

  1. For each curved arm, glue and clamp one length of 3/4" x 3/4" pine with a piece of 8/4 x 8 pine on both sides. This will create a 3/4" groove to fit over the side panels. Use the 1 x 12 pine for the curved wings.
  2. Then roughly cut out the shape of the arms and wings with a jigsaw or sliding saw. Use plenty of glue, and clamp the arms and wings onto the side panels.
  3. Each person challenging this project will sculpt the arms differently. Take artistic license and be creative!
  4. With an angle grinder, sculpt the inside profiles and then progress to an orbital sander to finish.
  5. The outside profiles are sculpted with a belt sander and a 1/4 sheet sander to finish.

  1. Hand sand and finish as desired using a solid or semi-transparent stain to protect the pine from the elements.
  2. Shown: Wood Shield Best 100% Acrylic Semi-Transparent Stains Outside White WST30-9 and Juniper Ash WST33-9.
  3. Weathered finish: Stain with two coats of Juniper Ash. Let dry. Then stain with Outside White, doing one side at a time. Drag the course steel wool vertically in straight strokes, and soften the effect by dragging the medium steel wool over top.

  1. Create a tissue paper pattern of the seat by pressing creases in the paper to outline the seat.
  2. Cut along the creases with scissors (this should represent the seat shape).
  3. Cut foam for seat from this shape.
  4. Then for the fabric cover, add 1" all around the pattern shape. Cut two pieces (top and bottom).
  5. The side dimension will be determined by how thick your foam is. Shown: 4" foam, so a 6" strip was used for the sides to create the seat cover.