Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a PB Inspired Chesapeake Double Lounger

May 01, 2011 10:15am

This piece continues our Chesapeake Collection and will be constructed just like the single lounger (plans for that are here) only this is twice the lovin? and will fit twice the people on it! at least? The fabulous thing about this chaise lounge is that it is so beautiful, you can use it without a cushion if you prefer or to save yourself some dinero. I did construct it according to the Potterybarn dimensions so that their cushions and other standard lounge cushions will fit and work well. I can tell you right now, that I would be a happy gal if I had only 2 of these in my yard and no other seating?I would never leave! And of course this blog would either cease to exist or I would be blogging grass-side (since I don?t have a pool, I can?t say poolside?)!

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Dimensions are shown Below:

Estimated Cost: Under $25-$50

Oky dok, let?s talk about what you will need to build this double chaise lounge!

Tape Measure


Drill and a hole saw or spade bit

Kreg Jigs (pocket hole system)? optional and you can secure using wood screws and a countersink bit or Finish Nails

Jig Saw

1 1/4? Pocket Hole Screws

2 1/2? Pocket Hole Screws

1 1/4? Wood Screws

2 ? 6? or 8? wheels – completely optional and you skip these or you can make your own from a piece of 3/4? stock by carving a circle from a 18 or a 110

4 small hinges ? butt hinges will work perfectly

Wood Glue

Wood Filler

Sanding Supplies

Finishing Supplies


4 ? 12 at 10?

2 ? 12 at 8?

16 ? 13 at 8?

2 ? 16 at 8?

1 ? 16 at 10?

1 ? 18 at 6? ? optional for wheels

1 ? 22 at 10? (8? may be cheaper, if so, go ahead and purchase 2 of those, you will have extra but will likely still save money)

1 ? 24 at 6?

1 ? 3/4? Dowel at 5?

2 ? 16 at 86? Frame

2 ? 16 at 52? Frame

4 ? 12 at 54 1/2? Interior Frame

3 ? 12 at 52? Interior Frame

2 ? 12 at 20 1/2? Back Rest Supports

1 ? 12 at 51 1/2? Back Rest Support (Lower)

4 ? 12 at 2 1/2? Back Rest Stops

2 ? 12 at 2? Back Rest Stop

2 ? 12 at 4 1/2? Back Rest Stop

2 ? 12 at 14 1/2? Lower Back Rest Bar

2 ? 12 at 24 1/2? Leg Stretchers

28 ? 13 at 46 1/2? Seat Slats (Lower and Back Rest Portion)

2 ? 13 at 57 1/4? Seat Outside Runner Boards

2 ? 13 at 26 1/2? Back Rest Outside Runner Boards

1 ? 22 at 51 1/2? Back Rest Stand

1 ? 22 at 27? Back Rest Stand

2 ? 22 at 12 3/4? Back Rest Stand

2 ? 24 at 9? Front Legs

2 ? 24 at 7? Back Legs

1 ? 3/4? Dowel Rod at 55? Axel

2 ? 110 or 18 at an 7?-8? diameter circle (can also be a 7 1/4? diameter, this will depend on what you choose to carve from)

For outdoor use, choosing a wood specie that holds up well to moisture and is rot resistant is always advisable. Those option might include Cedar, Redwood, and Teak, perhaps also Eucalyptus but I am unsure how easy that might be to purchase or find at a typical lumber supply store. Also consider sealing your wood with something suitable for outdoor use such as a water seal type product.

This project has some options for the wheel section for you to decide on. You can opt to skip wheels altogether in which case you will make all 4 legs the same length and skip the last 2 steps in this post. You can also opt to either purchase wheels, or create your own wheels (I would recommend giving this a try) in which choice you will simply carve circular shapes from 3/4? stock and drill a hole halfway into the wheels in the center to hold the axel rod (dowel). Easy peasy?

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 articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about getting 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 on the main page of my site.

Build the Frame: Use your Kreg Jigs set for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue.

Add the Interior Frame: Build using your Kreg Jigs set for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue, then fasten to the Frame using 1 1/4? Wood Screws and glue. Place the Interior Frame 3/4? from the top edge of the Frame to allow for the Seat Slats to rest flush in the next step.

**If you would like to use your Kreg Jig to secure the seat in the next step, you will want to add the pocket holes to the Interior Frame prior to constructing and attaching it to the Frame. You don?t need to go crazy for that step, just add 3-4 pocket holes per interior frame board to simply hold the seat in place. You will attach in the next step.

Construct the Lower Seat: Using your Kreg Jigsset for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue, fasten the slats to the Outside Seat Boards. Leave 1/4? Overhang at one end of the Seat (the end that will sit in the center of the lounger and connect to the back rest). You will then attach this seat to the Interior Frame constructed in the previous step using 1 1/4? pocket hole screws in the locations you created in the previous step, or by fastening the seat to the frame using 1 1/4? wood screws from the top of the seat down into the frame.

Construct the Back Rest: Use your Kreg Jigsset for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue to construct the back rest portion of the seat, then attach to the Lower Seat using standard butt hinges.

Add the Back Rest Supports: Use your Kreg Jigsset for 3/4? stock and your 1 1/4? pocket hole screws and glue to attach your supports to the back rest. They will attach in a vertical position to the back rest and should be spaced 27 1/4? apart (yellow bars) to adequately allow for the back rest stand in the next step. The lower support (blue), will simply attach in the center of the lowest board to provide extra support for the back rest.

Construct the Back Rest Stand: Use your Kreg Jigs set for 1 1/2? stock and your 2 1/2? pocket hole screws and glue to construct the stand. It will be something of a T Shape, only with 2 legs and a bottom, so not really a T Shape at all, but you get the point. Once you have fastened the stand together, attach it to the Back Rest using standard butt hinges as shown (it?s shown in an attached and lowered position, but please note that other than with the hinges, it doesn?t attach to the back rest itself, it needs to be able to move and rotate as you can see in the second image below for this step).

Add the Back Rest Stops: Use your 1 1/4? Wood Screws and glue to fasten the 12 sections in place. You will place the stops 3/4? from the top edge just as you did with the interior frame, and each small section should be place about 2 1/2? from the next small section, but you are free to place these as you see fit for allowing the back rest to sit at comfortable positions in recline. Just be sure to allow for adequate space between the last stop (the 4 1/2? section in yellow) and the seat itself so that when the back rest is in the completely flat position there is plenty of room for the back rest stand to sit. The lower stop bar, will sit just below the actual back rest stops to act as a stop for the stops, so to speak, and will sit under the top bar of the interior frame and rest against the top portion of the frame itself.

Create the Legs and Attach them: To carve the shape for the legs, begin with a 24 and carve the curve from the top edge down to the location 2? in from the outside. The front and back legs will be different heights to allow for the wheels in the next steps. If you prefer to skip the wheels, you can make all 4 legs the same length and stop after this step! This is up to you.

Add the Wheel Axle: This is really simple and you will quite simply use a drill bit to create a hole in the back lets at about 1 1/2? from the bottom of the leg and centered at the location. The hole needs to be just slightly bigger in diameter than the dowel you are using for your axel. So if you choose a 3/4? dowel rod, then a hole at 7/8? or so should be perfect. If you want to use a 3/4? hole saw or spade bit, and simply give it a wiggle while you drill to make that opening a tad larger, that will work also, though not as technical sounding, I realize! ha! Do not glue the rod, simply insert and move the the next step.

Create and Add the Wheels: I would consider creating your own wheels for this, since purchasing wooden or even rubberized wheels can be expensive. Just trace out a circle and use your jig saw to carve it out. Sand to perfect the roundness. Then drill a hole the same size diameter as your dowel rod, or just a hair larger, about half way through (into but not through) the wheel. **Do not drill the hole all the way through! To attach the wheels, add glue to the hole you just drilled into the wheels, and then use a mallet to hammer the wheels onto the axel rods and allow the glue to set and dry.

Fill any Screw Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired!

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