Easy how-to for making a rustic chair out of natural log slices

Bring the forest feel inside your home by using log slices to build a chair. Being a furniture maker is easy with these instructions. If you can turn a screw, you can build a chair! And this chair has it all -- rustic charm, healthy materials and pride of construction. In these days when we wonder what's inside our food and furnishings, what could be more natural than using unvarnished wood slices for furniture? In putting together this rustic chair, you control what goes onto the surface, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals and allergens from synthetic fabrics and fabric treatments.
This chair is an especially handsome addition to any entryway where first impressions are made and it’s a quick place to sit to put on or take off boots or sort the mail. Unfinished wood pieces have their own unique beauty and are stunningly simple to put together into a chair or even a bench.
1. Rectangular log slice approximately 24 inches long and 12 inches wide
2. Circular log slice approximately 14 inches in diameter
3. Large, clean work surface
4. Drop cloth
5. Double-sided sponge
6. Clean rags
7. Home Décor Wax (Folk Art)
8. 2-inch natural bristle round wax brush
9. 2 galvanized steel angle brackets
10. Pencil
11. Hand drill
12. Approximately 12 3/4-inch screws (number depends on bracket configurations)
13. Screw driver
14. 2 2-leg hairpin table legs or 4 1-leg hairpin table legs
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1. Place the clean rectangular slice on the drop cloth on your work surface.
2. Choose the most attractive side of the rectangular slice.
3. Wipe with the rough side of the sponge over the surface, smoothing it.
4. Wipe the smoothed surface with a rag.
5. Dampen the rag and go over the surface again, making sure all dust is gone.
6. Dip the round brush into the wax and coat half of the rectangle.
7. Wipe off with a soft cloth.
8. Brush wax on the second half of the rectangle.
9. Wipe off with soft cloth and remove the drop cloth.
10. Decide which side of the round slice is most attractive.
11. Repeat this process with the attractive side of the round slice.
12. Taking the round slice, position the angle brackets about 6 inches apart on the rough side.
13. Use a pencil to mark where the holes of the angle bracket will be.
Pro tip: The circle of the slice may not be perfect, so set the slice on the brackets and hold into position to determine the distance from the bark to make the holes. Make sure the brackets will be level to the table before proceeding.
14. Drill pilot holes on those pencil marks with a thin drill bit.
15. Replace the angle brackets and secure with the screws.
16. Set the angle brackets with the circular slice attached on the center of the rough side of the rectangle.
17. Move the rectangle to the edge of the work surface.
18. Pencil mark through the angle brackets by hanging the backrest off the table with the brackets on the rough side of the rectangle.
19. Drill pilot holes on those pencil marks.
20. Secure the bracket with the screws.
21. Determine the placement for the legs: if double legs, center, about 4 inches from the long edge on a 24-inch rectangle. If single legs, about 3 inches from each edge on a 24-inch board.
22. Set the leg brackets on the rectangle and mark the holes.
23. Drill the pilot holes.
24. Secure the legs with the screws.
Turn upright and enjoy!
Pro tip: Adapt these instructions to make a bench by doubling the length of the rectangular board and doubling the number of circle slices.