Have you created something with your carpentry skills recently? If not, now it’s time to start there are countless ideas that you can invest your time in and as a result get something rather unique. So what’s the simplest DIY woodworking project? You’ve guessed it, furniture. You can easily create anything out of wood that will serve as furniture in your home.

If you’re in need of a decent folding chair, you’ve come to the right place as this guide will show you exactly how to create a wooden folding chair without breaking a sweat. But making a folding chair still sounds complex, right? No matter how complex the task at hand may seem, you can always divide it into smaller bits and pieces in order to process them one at a time.

This is exactly how we’ll divide this guide, into smaller tasks that anyone can follow will ease, one step at a time.

Here’s are the steps that we’ll go through during this guide:

  • Sketching and planning
  • Gathering material
  • Necessary tools
  • Crafting and actual woodwork
  • Assembly
  • Final touch

Sketching and Planning

Everything that was ever created started as an idea. We’ll do the same thing here. First, you’ll need to get your sketching equipment and start expressing ideas and designs. Once you get all your ideas on the paper, choose the one that’s undeniably most appealing one. So what’s important about designing a folding chair?

There are several conventional folding chair concepts that are extremely easy to grasp. It’s important that the folding mechanism is functioning, other than this you can change almost anything regarding design, material or color of your chair. So once you’ve expressed your ideas for a concept and made sure that’s it’s in accordance with the conventional principle of a folding chair, it’s time to start. So let’s continue to the next step.

Sketching with a ruler

Gathering Necessary Material

There are a couple of necessities that you’ll need for this project. The first and most important one is the material that you’ll use for crafting your unique folding chair. If you’re looking for a modern design, you should choose a hard wood like cherry, cedar, teak, teak, African mahogany or oak. However, if you prefer a more sophisticated look, you can use hard maple, hackberry, holly or Alaskan white cedar.

Depending on where you’re going to use your chair, outdoors or indoors, you can pick a type of wood that’s more resistant to weather effects or one that’s generally more durable. What material you choose to implement in your design determines how durable your chair will be. So take precautions when adding other material than wood for your railings and feet or legs. If you’re unfamiliar with differences in hard and softer wood types, you can inquire here.

Necessary Tools

Anyone that has a workshop equipped for any type of woodwork should possess a number of essential tools. Is your workshop fully equipped? If you’re planning to enter any line of work, you must be prepared to invest in tools. In carpentry, there is an abundance of tools that can enhance the quality of your work, and generally make your life a whole lot easier when it comes to woodworking. This being said, it’s natural to assume that you already visited local hardware shops, and equipped your workshop accordingly to the amount of work you’re prepared to commit yourself to.

So next to essential tools like wood routers, wood benches, saw horses, set of wrenches, drills, and clippers, you should also invest in more advanced tools. They will enable you to perform delicate cuts that require precision and time to master with other tools. These include laser leveling tool, power drills, utility knife, squares, etc.

image showing different kinds of drill bits

Crafting and Actual Woodwork

Now it’s time to start measuring, cutting and polishing wood pieces. So where to start. First, get you sketched design and all the measures in front of you. You’ll also need measuring tools so assemble them on your wood bench, and you’re ready to start. Start with folding legs as they are an essential part of your concept. In order for it to work, you’ll need to connect all four legs together with a wide bolt or screw.

This way you can create a folding mechanism that will always work, no matter what weather conditions it’s exposed to. Start by cutting four equal wood pieces. Make sure to determine which end goes down and which part of the wood piece will connect to the base of the chair. Once this is done, you can start drilling a hole that will connect four leg parts. Drill a small hole first, then work your way by changing the drill heads and create a wider hole. It should be large enough to fit the bolt that you chose to use for connecting the legs.

image of a man measuring a wooden piece for woodworking

Next, it’s time for a frame and base of the chair. Get a wide piece of wood that will be used for the splat. Use the same material that you used for crafting legs and folding mechanism. Simply carve the shape that you designed for this part. Remember that the shape of a back part doesn’t affect the folding mechanism.

So go for whatever style you chose, whether it may be Victorian, modern, Romanesque or classic. After you’ve cut this part, create the remaining elements that include the base of the chair, railings, and grips.

Assembly

Now comes the fun part. Everyone likes assembly in this line of work, right? So get all your parts together and get your drill ready. There are two ways how you can assemble your folding chair. You can either use bolts and screws, or glue and specific shape to connect all the pieces together. Should you pick the other method, you’ll first need to make sure that you’ve cut each part of the chair in such way that its shape fits the connecting part.

This can be complicated and requires patience and careful planning. Not sure whether you’ve picked the right model or idea for your project? Get fresh ideas on DIY woodworking projects here, and expand your list of projects.

Final Touch

The last part of this guide is all about finesse and finalizing the project. This includes polishing, applying a protective coat, painting the wood, adding cushions and otherwise accessorizing your chair. How good you’re at accessorizing and wood carving determines the price of the chair.

There are many factors that dictate how unique your chair will be, but this one exceeds all other. If you’re adept at using wood burners you and engrave almost any decorative design on the base, back or even legs of your chair. So be creative and use your imagination when performing the final touch on your project, and you’ll ensure that your folding chair becomes really something unique.