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Squatter’s Chair – Kevin Farrell

Squatter’s Chair – Kevin Farrell

Squatter’s Chair – Kevin Farrell

Squatter’s Chair – Kevin Farrell

This traditional Queensland squatter’s chair is an ideal way to relax. We made ours from Western Red Cedar because of its durability and light-weight, but there’s a variety of timbers that could be used. You’ll need a weekend to make it.

Step 1: Read the plan. You’ll need to decide whether you want turned front legs, as it shows in the plan, or square ones (for a chunky look), or shaped legs like Kevin made. Then get your timber. Don’t worry if the sizes vary from the plan, as you can make adjustments as you go.

Step 2: Make a full-size set out on a scrap sheet of plywood or MDF. The MitrePlan has a grid, which can be transferred to your full-size set out. You’ll need this to cut all your parts exactly the same, and to make sure everything will actually fit together. Use the set out to make templates of the shaped parts.

tip

Kev’s tip is to place a piece of 3mm MDF under the set out, drill through with a fine drill, join the holes (dots) with a pencil and then cut out your template.

Step 3: Use your template(s) to mark out the chair parts on your timber, then cut them out with a bandsaw or jigsaw. Smooth all the curves with a belt sander.

Step 4: Mark out all the joints. Use your set out to transfer the positions of mortices (slots) onto your back and front legs – being very careful to make right and left ones! Mark out the tenons (tongues) onto the ends of all the rails. Drill out the bulk of the mortices (a drill press is ideal) then trim the mortices square with a sharp chisel. Cut your tenons with a tenon saw (what else?) or a sliding mitre saw if you have one with a depth stop.

Step 5: Assemble the back and front frames first, and allow the glue to set before assembling the whole chair. When the glue is set you can oil it or stain it and fit the canvas seat. Kev cheated with this bit, and had the seat made at the local tent and annex factory.

tip Kev's Tip:
There’s a bit more to making chairs than meets the eye, so take your time to make sure your joints are as accurate as possible, and try to stick to the dimensions in the plan as closely as you can.

The plan for this project is available here.


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