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Making your own deckchair is a great DIY project. Here are instructions for a standard sized adult deckchair.

What you'll need

Wokring Drawing
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Step 1

Cut each piece to length using table saw as per drawings. Each piece should be 20mm thick

Cut each piece to length

Step 2

Mark out holes with marking gauge to accept 20mm dowels as per drawing; use bradawl to mark centre

Step 3

On a pillar drill set depth to 10mm (half depth of timber). Use a 20mm forstner bit to drill all holes

Use a 20mm forstner bit to drill all holes

Step 4

Mark out 6mm holes as per drawing

Mark out 6mm holes

Step 5

First use a 12mm forstner bit and countersink marked holes with a pillar drill to the depth of the shoulder of bit

Use a 12mm forstner bit and countersink marked holes

Step 6

Replace forstner bit with 6mm bit and drill through

Drill through with 6mm drill bit

Step 7

Using a router and router table run all pieces through beading cutter to soften edges

Step 8

Take the two medium lengths and mark out reclining slots. Three slots at 110mm, 210mm and 310mm intervals from end

Mark out reclining slots

Step 9

Using the 20mm forstner bit drill the beginnings of the slots

Drill the beginning of the slots

Step 10

Using a protractor set at 15° mark out the remaining parts of the slots

Mark out the remaining parts of the slots

Step 11

Cut out the rest of the slots using a bandsaw

Step 12

Sand back all rough edges of the slot; a bobbin sander makes this very easy

Sand back any rough edges

Step 13

Cut dowels at 2 x 450mm, 2 x 490mm and 1 x 525mm. Then finish all parts with an outdoor finishing oil

Oil parts with finishing oil

Step 14

Dry fit together making sure all parts fit correctly

Dry fit the frame together

Step 15

Assemble deckchair frame, glue the two frames and clamp together

Step 16

Using the dowel, stainless steel nuts, bolts and washers, assemble the frames together

Assemble the frame

Step 17

Lay deckchair frame flat on a workbench and cut fabric to length

Cut the fabric to length

Step 18

Using upholstery tacks attach fabric to frame

Finished deckchair


  • Rod Goodman

    Dimensions on the long pieces of timber do not appear to add up. Overall length is shown as 1160 yet dimensions between holes also add up to 1160.
    Timber is shown as 50 wide but cannot see what thickness. Assume it’s 25 mm.
    Step 3 says set DEPTH to 25 mm. Shouldn’t that be position from edge or simply central.

  • Ian Mantripp

    Thank you for this… now it would be really nice to have the same project using only hand tools 🙂

  • William

    I would love to make this deckchair, but before I start I can see that the width of the wood is about 2″ wide but how thick is it?
    I cannot see it.