Learn How to Make this Beautiful Oak Dining Room Chair with Instantly Downloadable, Fully Illustrated Chair Plans
Chairs are on of the most common pieces of furniture, and dining chairs are some of the most beautiful as for as showing off a woodworker’s skill. A dining room chair like this is a great, practical project for any woodworker. It uses common oak, has a straightforward design, and with the easy-to-use plans available below, you can breeze through this with no problem. And since this chair design uses a padded slip seat, you can finish it off with a number of different materials to color coordinate with any dining room decor (the picture here has leather seats). Look for instructions to download this plan below.
Although you can just make a single chair for your bedroom, study or den, this chair is ultimately designed to be made in sets. You will want to plan on making at least 4 chairs to make a nice dining room set, but if you have a larger family, you can make six or eight chairs. These dining chairs match the oak dining room table we have on another page. You can get the full oak dining room table plans to match these chairs and make yourself a full dining set.
The plans for this chair call for 4/4 and 8/4 quartersawn white oak. If you do not have your own planer, find a friend or a woodworking club that will let you borrow theirs. Otherwise, you’ll have to find a wood supplier who can surface the boards to thicknesses of 13/16 in. and 1-3/4 in.
Chair making can be a challenging prospect for an inexperienced woodworker. Fortunately, this simple, yet elegant Arts and Crafts style chair makes for a great project if you’ve never made a chair before. Mortise-and-tenon joinery simplifies the construction process so you don’t need any advanced joinery techniques.
Here is a tip if you are making multiple chairs: make them all simultaneously. Beginning woodworkers sometimes think it’s better to make one chair first and see how it goes. The problem with that plan is that you have a lot of machine setup with chair making, so it will be hard to have chairs that are identical and will waste a lot of time. If you do your machine setup once, then cut all the pieces for each chair using that setup, making a set of chairs doesn’t take much longer than making just making one chair. Plus, they will all be identical.
Planning is key when making chairs. Know how many chairs you want to make and get the wood you need right away. A good woodworker is a good planner.
The woodworking plans for this oak dining chair project are detailed and in color. The plans include a full materials list so you can price the project with different wood suppliers or with different types of wood. These Arts and Crafts dining chairs would also look great in cherry wood or maple. If you are planning to make the matching oak dining table, buy all your wood at the same time and from the same source.
If the design of these chairs doesn’t suit your tastes, you can easily adapt the rail styles so that the chair takes on a slightly different look. But also be assured that along with this design, there are also hundreds of other beautiful chair designs available for instant download. You are sure to find a dining room chair plan to suit your needs.