Feb
27
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Project Details

Oh adorable little (not that little) director's chair, I have my eye on you for some bonafide fabulous outdoor seating. Perfect for indoor use or the great outdoors if you use an appropriate specie of wood; I love that this plan can be made to suit your own personal decor. 

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
$25-$50
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
Materials
  • 1-1/4” Pocket Screws
  • 1-1/4” Wood Screws
  • Safety Gear
  •  Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 11” x 39” – Fabric Backrest
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 19” x 34-1/2” – Fabric Seat
  • Thread, iron-on fabric adhesive, or fabric glue
  • Staples
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 22-1/2” - Fronts
  • 2 – 2x2 at 34-1/2” –Backs
  • 2 – 2x2 at 18-1/2” –Arm Rests
  • 2 – 2x2 at 17” – Outer Seat
  • 2 – 2x2 at 17” – Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x2 at 17” – Inner Seat
  • 4 – 1x2 at 26-11/16” – Cross Supports
Instructions

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Note: *If you plan to paint or stain the wood pieces, please do so before attaching the fabric.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Backs. Next, cut the Fabric Backrest.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 2

Turn under long edges of the Backrest 1/2”, iron, and then turn them under another 1/2” and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Backrest, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 3

Place the Backs on the Fabric Backrest as shown and secure into place with staples. “Roll” the fabric onto each Back. To do this, you can roll the Backs toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 9” of fabric is rolled onto each Back. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Backs, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 4

You should be left with approximately 21” of fabric between the two Backs after “rolling.” When assembled, the Backs will be 20” from each other, with 1” of “slack” in the Fabric Backrest.

Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Fronts, Arm Rests, Outer Seat Pieces, and Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Fronts, the back ends of the Arm Rests, and both ends of the Outer Seat Pieces and Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. You may want to set up some type of support on the sides of the Chair since it may be floppy until the Cross Supports are assembled.

Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 6

Next, cut the piece for the Fabric Seat. 

Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 7

Turn under long edges of the Seat 1/2”, iron, and then turn them under another 1/2” and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Seat, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 8

Next, cut the pieces for the Inner Seat Pieces and Cross Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4”, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Cross Supports. Refer to graphics to see which direction your pocket holes should face. Don’t attach anything just yet!

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 9

Place the Inner Seat Pieces on the Fabric Seat as shown and secure into place with staples. “Roll” the fabric onto each Inner Seat piece. To do this, you can roll the Inner Seat Pieces toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 6-3/4” of fabric is rolled onto each Inner Seat Piece. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Inner Seat Pieces, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 10

You should be left with approximately 21” of fabric between the two Inner Seat Pieces, with 1” of “slack” in the Fabric Seat.

Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 11

Attach the Inner Seat Pieces to the Outer Seat Pieces as shown with 1-1/4” wood screws. 

Inner Seat Pieces for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 12

Next, attach the Cross Supports as shown with 1-1/4” pocket screws. You may have to play a little with the exact position of the Cross Supports (use the graphic as a starting point). Use 1-1/4” wood screws at the point where the Cross Supports cross one another.

Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Disclaimer

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Feb
03
2015
The Design Confidential Builders Showcase Ashleys Pair of Reef Outdoor Loveseats

Dear Mother Nature, I know we need rain to help cure this ridiculous drought we are having here in California and because Mama needs to play in the water during those crazy hot days of summer, but I wouldn't be mad at you if you skipped right ahead on into spring and the gorgeous mild weather it brings before the heat sets in. Oh wait... I think you may have been one step ahead of me and you already got this covered. It is so beautiful here in the hills just outside of Sacramento, and that's a good thing, because this gorgeous showcase Ashley shared with us on instagram (using the hashtag #builtTDCtuff) would really bum me out if it were dreary and miserable. Of course I mean that in the most loving 'good for you' but ya it 'sucks for me' kind of proud mama way that I feel every time one of you amazing folks rocks out a stunning showcase!

The backyard is on my hit list for this year's 'renovation or bust' resolution I have and I am completely inspired by the incredible hard work they did to make their outdoor living space so effing fabulous!

Here is what she says...

'Modified the reef sofa plans to be loveseats. Thanks for the plans. Coffee table built by scraps I had lying around. Cushions are from Target and fit perfectly!'

Yes they do! Love the color too. Xx... Rayan

Note

If you have built from our plans here at The Design Confidential, we would love to showcase your build! You can post a showcase here on the site once you register as a member, or post to social media and tag @thedesignconfidential on FB and Instagram or @thedesconf on Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to use the hashtag #builtTDCtuff! Yahoo

Jan
15
2015
Free DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential: Reef Outdoor Sofa Loveseat Chair Builders Showcase Justin Vaughn Outdoor Reef Collection Living Space

Alright - time for some pics! We spent a couple weekends on this. We used cedar for the wood and kreg jig for all joints. I only messed up the back rails a little bit by trying to get a cut to fit against the forward-facing edge of the back support instead of anchoring underneath. The cushions came from Lowes (Allen & Roth, $50 for bottom/back after a coupon). After building the sofa, which is HUGE (75" interior width, cushions are 25" ea) my wife asked that I size down the loveseat for her petite frame. I shortened the reclined portion of the seat by 5 or 6" and dropped the height of the arms so that it fit her. I built the single chair to the same specs as the sofa. We primed with SWilliams wood primer (horrible and slow to work with but will pay off) and painted with a green from Lowes since SW wouldn't make the color we wanted in an outdoor finish.

Thanks again for the great plans and guidance along the way. This is my first DIY woodworking project that isn't something to ride bikes on - those are much more forgiving given that they don't need to be aesthetically pleasing and the edges aren't as clean.

Free DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential: Reef Outdoor Sofa Loveseat Chair Builders Showcase Justin Vaughn Outdoor Reef Collection Living Space
Length of Time 

Sofa: 10hrs - setup, learn the ins/outs of the miter saw and kreg jig which I've never used either of before. This also included time to re-proportion the plans for the cushions as well as a trip to lowes. Loveseat: 6 hrs - trip to lowes, reconfigure plans, build Chair: 4 hrs - I could do the sofa this fast now.

Prime/paint/sand/paint/sand... 8ish? with two of us working.

Oct
22
2014
The Design Confidential Top 10 Most Popular DIY Open Ended + Imaginative Play Toy Woodworking Plans 1 Through 5

The Holidays are right around the corner and sneaking up on us pretty quickly, whether we like it or not. Get a jump start on your gift list this year and build something fabulous for a very special kiddo in your life. From full sized play house fun to accessories fit for the more petite members of your doll family, there is something amazing and encouraging of open ended play for everyone, in this round up of our most popular DIY play inspiring project plans. 

While I am a firm believer that toys should be nondescriminate and able to be played with by either boys or girls, I have divided up these plans by play style preference, and naturally they seem to have fallen into precisely the type of categorization I prefer to avoid - or boy vs girl. I assure you this was not my original intention and wholeheartedly think boys and girls alike, should enjoy play kitchens and dolls and adventure activities. So I have created these projects with the idea that each and every one of them can be entirely customized to suit your little one perfectly, from color to fabric and trim styles too. Make it theirs... And take lots of pictures along the way. 

1 // Indoor Outdoor Play House Bed 2 // Chalkboard Artist's Studio 3 // No-Sew Teepee 4 // Wooden Racetrack Toy 5 // Gourmet Kitchen

 

Oct
21
2014

I modified the benches to make stools. They work great. The plans were very easy to follow and it looks awesome in the backyard...just in time for the winter, haha.

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Estimated Cost 

About $60 for the stools and $50-60 for the table.

Length of Time 

Approx 3 days...took me longer because I couldnt do it all at one time. :)

Modifications 
Lumber Used 

White Pine

Finishing Technique 

Thompsons Waterseal

Additional Project Details 
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Sep
28
2014
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches

Wonderful set of plans. Easy to follow. Easy to modify if you need to, as I did in my case. Results are very pleasing.

Beautiful Sides for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Close Up of Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Estimated Cost 

Eh, about $175, give or take

Length of Time 

About 4 Weekends plus a little after work a few nights for sanding and staining.

Modifications 

Well, there are a couple....

1. I don't like that the crossing legs on both the benches and the table were actually cut in half and attached. Therefore, I cut dado cuts into both cross pieces, glued and screwed them together for added stability.

2. My wife is an Italian and likes to have big meals with lots of peeps. Therefore, I modified the plans to push the table and benches to 8ft long rather than the original plan which is 6ft. I used a little flair in the center of the table to add the additional 2ft and break up the long lines that 8ft boards would have created. In doing so, I had to add some additional bracing on the underside to make it a bit more sturdy to support the extra length. But I didn't have to add a center support leg system.

Lumber Used 

Douglas Fur

Finishing Technique 

I used the same finish as the builder John because I like the way his photos turned out. I was not disappointed in the least. Two coats of Behr transparent weatherproofing all in one finish. Cedar natural tone

Finished Build for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Opposite Side of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Fish Eye Wide Angle Shot of The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
Table Top for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Tahoe-Dude's Chesapeake Picnic Pable and Benches
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