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DIY Pine Branch Chair

Craft a comfortable and charming DIY pine branch chair using found wood Mother Nature left after a storm.

| March/ April 2020

The garden is a place for enjoyment and relaxation, but it’s also a place where my creativity thrives. So when my friend Eva told me about the beautiful garden furniture she grew up with — made of gnarled branches — I decided to try making furniture with what was lying around my property.

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During an autumn storm, several trees fell around our house. The logs were put to use, but the branches would’ve been thrown out or burned for firewood. Instead, I saved a few and built myself a rustic chair. While it has no straight lines, the chair is comfortable, rugged, and charming. It looks right at home in a corner of my garden by the blueberry bushes.

When building a chair out of tree branches, you can’t really follow a detailed spec drawing. Instead, you’ll have to work with the material and allow the chair to grow organically, step by step. To see what the chair will ultimately look like, you can tie its parts together with string or straps at the beginning. If you’re not satisfied with the shape, you can look for other branches that fit together better.



Tools & Materials

  • String or straps
  • Utility knife
  • Pruning saw
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Bar clamps
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Orbital sander and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Pine branches, 3⁄4 inch to 21⁄3 inches in diameter (10 to 15)
  • Wooden plank, 16 inches square and 11/2 inch thick (1)
  • Self-tapping decking screws, 1 to 31/2 inches long (20 to 30)

Directions

Let’s Get Started

1. Choose two branches of equal thickness that are naturally bent; these will serve as the front legs and side pieces. Piece these together with branches between the legs and the rear, and secure all in place with string or straps. Make sure the legs are a little longer than needed so you can trim them down to size later, as necessary.





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