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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Pocket Desk Chair

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Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Restoration Hardware Inspired Pocket Desk Chair! I have actually loved this chair for a long time and I’m super excited to share plans with you today!

Estimated Cost

Under $25

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Countersink Bit for Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
Lumber
  • 1 – 2×4 at 6′
  • 1 – 2×2 at 8’
  • 1 – 2×2 at 4’
  • 1 – 1×3 at 8’
  • Scrap of 1×2 at 12”
  • 1 – 1×4 at 2’
  • ¾” plywood at 2’ x 2’
Materials
  • 1-1/2” pocket hole screws
  • 2” pocket hole screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 2×4 at 24” – Back Legs
  • 2 – 2×2 at 16-1/4” – Front Legs
  • 2 – 1×3 at 11-1/2” – Aprons
  • 2 – 1×3 at 14” – Aprons
  • 2 – 2×2 at 14-11/16” – Lower Stretchers
  • 1 – 2×2 at 11-1/2” – Center Stretcher
  • 2 – 1×3 (ripped to 1-3/4” wide) at 11-1/2” – Back Slats
  • 1 – 1×2 at 11-1/2” – Upper Back Slat
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 14-1/2” x 17” – Seat
  • 2 – 1×3 (ripped to 2” wide) at 4-7/8” – Pocket Sides
  • 1 – 1×4 (ripped to 2-3/4” wide) at 11-1/2” – Pocket Bottom
  • 1 – 1×4 at 13” – Pocket Back
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.

Step 1
Step 1
Step 1

Cut the pieces for the front legs. Draw the pieces for the back legs on the 2×4 and cut out using a jigsaw or a band saw.

Cut the pieces for the aprons. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end. Assemble as shown using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Step 2
Step 2
Step 2
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the lower and center stretchers. Cut the angles as shown in the ends of the side stretchers. Set the Kreg jig for 1-1/2” material and drill pocket holes in each end of the pieces. Attach to the legs as shown using glue and 2” pocket hole screws.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the back slats. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach the 1×2 slat first. The outside face of this slat will be flush with the top of the back legs. Orient the pocket holes so they are facing down and attach to the legs using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Drill pocket holes in each end of the wider slats. The front face of these slats will be flush with the front face of the legs. Attach using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws!

Step 4
Step 4
Step 4

Cut the piece for the seat. Attach to the chair using glue and 1-1/2” brad nails.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the pocket sides. Cut the angles as shown and drill pocket holes in the longer ends. Attach to the back legs as shown using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the pocket bottom. Drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the sides as shown using glue and 1-1/2” pocket hole screws.

Cut the piece for the pocket back. Attach as shown using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.

Finishing Instructions

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

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