Overview

exploded view illustration of a Westport chair
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Day-to-day timeline:
SATURDAY Cut the cedar boards to size (steps 1-12).
SUNDAY Assemble the chair and apply finish (steps 12-18).

Cut List for Building a Classic Westport Chair

All blanks for chair parts are cut from four 5/4 x 10 cedar boards, 8 feet long.

Front legs: 2 @ 4 x 24 inches
Front rail: 1 @ 3 x 25 inches
Battens: 4 @ 3 x 12 inches, with 45-degree bevels at the ends
Seat: 2 @ 9 ¼ x 22 ¼ inches
Backrest: 2 @ 6 x 42 inches
Back legs: 2 @ 9 ¼ x 29 ½ inches
Arms: 2 @ 8 ¼ x 33 inches
Arm brackets: 2 @ 6 x 13 inches
Rear brace: 1 @ 4 x 28 inches

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    Tools List

    • miter saw
      Sliding compound miter saw to crosscut the boards to length
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps to hold the parts together during assembly
    • circular saw
      Circular saw to cut the parts to width
    • framing square
      Framing square and combination square for marking cutlines
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw to cut notches and curves
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • hand plane
      Hand plane to straighten board edges
    • sandpaper
      120-grit sandpaper
    • sanding block
      Sanding block
    • pencil compass
      Compass
    • torpedo level
      Torpedo level
    • 3-inch wide paint brush
      3-inch paintbrush to apply teak oil

    Shopping List

    ½ x 10 cedar boards.
    Get four 8-foot lengths

    1 -inch stainless-steel trim-head screws

    Teak oil to finish the chair