Anatomy Of A Lounge Chair

No deck or patio is complete without at least one lounge chair or "chaise longue." Building a couple like the one shown at right and in the color photograph on page 22 involves the better part of a day's work, but the finished products will provide years of comfortable loafing and sun worshipping.

The chair is made with almost two dozen slats. Those for the main body are simply screwed to a cleat fastened to the side rails; the backrest slats are joined to rails with half-laps. Butt hinges secure the backrest to the body. The backrest can be adjusted from the horizontal position to nearly vertical, and the notched rack supporting the backrest allows it to be set at several positions in between.

The lounge chair is lightweight and easy to move on wheels attached to the rear legs. The wheels are held in place with axle caps. Although this hardware is not as strong as cotter pins, it is easier to install and more than sturdy enough for the light-duty needs of the lounge chair. Use a galvanized steel or aluminum rod for the axle.

Since the slats are thin, try to select relatively knot-free wood for these pieces.

CUTTING AND MATERIALS LIST

PIECE

QTY

TH

W OR DIAM.

L

Side rails

2

IK"

4/4"

90"

Slats

13

3"

2114"

Handle

1

x

1"

22/2"

Backrest rail

2

%"

3"

29/2"

Backrest slats

8

3/4"

3"

2V/2"

Cleats

2

I/4"

P/411

78"

Spacer

2

I/4"

VA"

24"

Rack

2

VA"

IK"

17%"

Backrest support rails

2

%"

I/2"

1872"

Backrest support stiles

2

3A"

V/z"

20"

Backrest support stop

2

I/4"

VA"

21/2"

Front legs

2

l3/s"

3/2"

9"

Rear legs

2

1%"

3/2"

7/4"

Axle

1

x

I/2"

36"

Wheels

2

x

8"

x

Washers

4 (min)

x

1/2"

x

Axle cap

2

x

1/2"

x

Backrest support stop

Prevents backrest support from slipping off rack

Spacer

Supports the main body slats

Rack

Handle

Front leg

Piano hinge

Backrest support rail

Wheel

CHAIRS

Backrest slat

Backrest rail \

Backrest support s tile

Cleat

Side rail

Axle cap

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