RunnerDuck Projects
Garden Chair Plant Stand
This project appeared in our December 3rd, 2004 Newsletter.

Marilyn saw a plant stand like this at a craft fair and decided that she needed one but had her own idea of what it should look like. She sketched out what she wanted hers to look like and I designed it in my CAD program. The next day I made sawdust and came out with a rather nice looking garden chair plant stand. The design is sturdy enough to sit on but I wouldn't suggest using it for a sitting chair. The idea is to place potted plants on it. Maybe a nice vine plant near the back to climb up the back rest would be nice.

Garden Chair Plant Stand

Here's a list of materials you'll need to buy.

(5) 4" X 8' cedar fencing.
(36) 1 1/4" #8 deck screws.
(20) 1" #6 Zinc plated screws. Glue
(10) 1 1/4" finish nails.

Cut List in Inches
4 Seat Bottom Cedar 3/4 3 1/2 20
2 Seat Front Cedar 3/4 3 1/2 20
2 Seat Side Cedar 3/4 3 1/2 15
2 Leg Support Cedar 3/4 3 1/2 15
2 Front Leg Cedar 3/4 3 1/2 17
2 Back Leg Cedar 3/4 3 1/2 43
2 Backrest Cedar 3/4 3 1/2 26
2 Back Support Cedar 3/4 2 18
2 Roof Side Cedar 3/4 1 1/2 4
2 Roof Side Cedar 3/4 1 1/2 4 1/2
Cut all the pieces per the cut list except the bird house roof.
Cut 45 degree points on top of the two long back legs and the two back rests.
Drill a 1" hole 3 3/4" down from the point on the two long back legs.
Assemble the seat box using two 1 1/4" screws in each corner. I used a 90 degree corner vise to help align the corners. You can get a versital corner clamp at Rockler. It's not quite like mine would would work great.
Clamp-It® Assembly Square, Clamps or Combo Pack
Clamp-It® Assembly Square, Clamps or Combo Pack

90 degree clamp

Align the front legs flush with the top and tight into the corners using (3) 1" screws.
Front Legs

Mark 17" up from the bottom of the back legs. Align this mark with the top of the seat frame and attach using (3) 1" screws. Make sure they are perpendicular to the seat bottom.
Back Legs

To make the screw spacing nice and even I make a simple drill jig. Be sure to pre drill and countersink each screw hole.
Drill jig

Install the four seat bottom pieces using two 1 1/4" screws on each end. Put the front piece approximately 3/16" over the front edge for a little reveal.
Install the back seat bottom piece and then evenly space the remaining two pieces.
Install the two leg supports 4 1/2" up from the bottom using 1 1/4" screws. Center the support on the back leg. It will be off set on the front leg by the with of the wood.
Put the first backrest 4 1/2" up from the seat and use one 1" screw into each upright.
Put the second backrest 6" up from the first one and attach using one 1" screw into each upright.
Glue and nail a 4" roof piece into each long leg. Make one end flush to the peak of the roof.
Glue and nail the 4 1/2" rood piece to the opposite side of the slope making it flush with the top of the first piece.

That's it! A pretty simple project that will look great in your garden.

We hope you've enjoyed this project and have good success with it. Remember, if you ever have any problems with our projects just drop us a line and we'll try to help. Since we build every one of these projects we have a pretty good idea of how to get through them. We also make lots of mistakes so we can help avoid them.

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