Cute DIY Rustic Pallet Wood Dining Chairs

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Eight months after building my rustic dining table, I finally built some matching rustic dining chairs to go with it!! WooHoo!!  Everything turned out gorgeous and I am just tickled pink with my new ‘old look’ dining set!

Just like the table, I had run out of used old pallets so all of my chairs were made with new pallet wood that I got at the hardware store, then stained and sealed to look old.

OH, and each chair cost me $11 in supplies, totally affordable!!

(To see how I built my matching dining table, scroll to the bottom of this post and click the link)

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Supplies

For one chair you will need:

  • Ten 1x4s at 1ft 6in long (seat and backrest)
  • Two 2x3s at 3ft 3in long (backrest supports/back legs)
  • Two 2x3s at 1ft 1 /2in long (bottom supports for seat)
  • Two 2x3s at 1ft 6in long (front legs)
  • Box of 2 1/2in wood screws
  • Box of 1 1/4in wood screws
  • Cheap/Easy old wood stain-make it here (use this if you are using new wood and want that ‘old wood’ look)
  • Polyurethane (I used a satin sheen, oil based polyurethane which really brought out the richness out of the ‘old wood’ stain

Tools

  • Hand drill with bits
  • Chop Saw
  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Tape measure
  • Sander

Cut out all of your wood

Here are my ten 1x4s at 1ft 6in long (seat and backrest)

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My two 2x3s at 3ft 3in long (back rest supports/back legs), and my two 2x3s at 1ft 6in long (front legs)

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My two 2x3s at 1ft 1in long (bottom supports for seat)

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Using 2 1/2in wood screws, screw together the backrest support/back leg (3ft 3in long 2×3) , front leg (1ft 6in long 2×3), and bottom support for seat (1ft 1in long 2×3).  I countersunk each screw to attach everything together –See how to countersink here.  Make sure to use a carpenter’s square so that everything is screwed in straight

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Make the second one

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Lay out seat slats (1ft 6in long 1x4s) and push them forward till they are flush with front legs.  This will leave a small gap at the back of the chair to start attaching the backrest slats.  Screw seat slats down with the 1 1/4 wood screws. Don’t forget to drill your pilot holes before screwing in! See how to drill pilot holes here.

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Screw on backrest slats, fitting the bottom slat into gap that was left

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Screw in bottom front slat

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Screw in your last piece, the top slat

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I smoothed the wood out and rounded all the corners with my sander

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For the ‘old wood’ look, I stained the chairs with my homemade ‘old wood’ stain.  See the difference?  Learn how to make the stain here 

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I sealed everything with my satin finish, oil based polyurethane.

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The chairs on the left had just been sealed with polyurethane while the chair on the right had only been stained.  The polyurethane sure does make the wood look richer!

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After a final sanding with a fine grit sandpaper, here is the finished product!  I had built the dining table 8 months prior to building the chairs, but never stained and sealed it till now.  Everything turned out beautifully!

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To see how I built my beautiful matching rustic dining table, click here

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2 Responses to Cute DIY Rustic Pallet Wood Dining Chairs

  1. Chair Dude says:

    Great guide on how to build those chairs! I will definitely try this when spring is upon us. Too cold now! 🙂

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