hey welcome back to Johnny builds where this week I built this outdoor rocking chair to go along with the outdoor sofa that I built recently now this is a beginner level DIY project using easy to get materials and common tools that a lot of folks already have stick around to the end of the video to see how you can support this channel in you can score some Johnny build swag okay let’s get started all the materials used in this project is construction grade lumber just make sure to pick through the stacks and find the best boards now this step is totally optional if you don’t have one but I like to run all my boards through my planer to get rid of a little bit of that rounded edge it also leaves a smoother surface which will save time sanding later now the rockers for this chair are made out of this 2 by 12 I measured out 48 inches marked a line and then cut this board over on my miter saw next up are the armrests which are 33 inches long I cut down two of these from a 2 by 8 board the two lower armrests supports are both 31 inches and again I cut these from a 2 by 8 then using the remaining 2 by 8 off cuts we’re gonna cut 4 of these 12 and a half inch armrests supports moving on to the 2 by 4’s I cut three lower cross supports at 37 inches now I’m going to work on the design of the rockers I first marked a line three inches in from the front I marked two inches down on the back of the rocker and do a diagonal line connecting these it was important to have a good smooth radius so the rocker actually rocks so I used this flexible off cut and a couple screws to brace it against then when I found the radius that I liked I drove in a third screw to hold it in place I traced the curve that this created and then to finish the rocker I drew the front curve by hand and the easiest way to cut this out was using my jigsaw and then I could just come back later with my sander and make sure everything along the radius was smoothed out and now with my sander and a 120 grit sanding disc I could clean up the first rocker and then transfer the radius onto the board for the second rocker again just using my jigsaw to cut it out and then I clamped the two rockers together and sanded the radius flush then I could come back with my circular saw and cut that diagonal line now once you get one cut you’re gonna transfer this mark over to the second rocker and cut it as well once I had most of the board’s cut I could start drilling in pocket holes and as we move through the next couple of steps you’ll see exactly how these pocket holes are oriented prior to assembly I use my orbital sander to sand up all these boards to 120 grit to begin assembly I use one of the 37 inch 2×4 cross braces and I attach this to the front of the rocker with a little bit of glue and two pocket screws after driving in the first one I use my speed square to square everything back up and then I could drive in the second pocket screw and once the first I was attached I flipped it over and attached the second side the same way next I attach the rear 2×4 stretcher but first I use this 2 by 8 side support to line up that back stretcher before attaching then I could go ahead and attach those two side supports and here you see the layout of the pocket holes there’s three on each end and five down the lane next up I could add that final two-by-four stretcher which sits at the lowest part of the radius about an inch up I made sure it was square and then drove in the four pocket screws and last up on the base is this 31 inch Center support that I cut off camera I lined it up in the center made sure it was square and then drove in those final pocket screws now I could put together the armrest which are attached with a little bit of glue and three pocket screws on each upright all the pocket holes face the back of the chair so they’re not visible when the chair is fully assembled and of course for quality control purposes I had to make sure it rocked well and was sturdy at this point moving on to attaching the armrest of the rocker I cut this spacer block because the armrest had a tendency to want to pull in and then I could attach it with pocket screws I removed the 2×4 spacer and then measured this as the back stretcher which I didn’t cut down on the miter saw that’s 25 and a half inches for those of you that are keeping track I drilled in some pocket screws to the end of it a stretcher and then used a couple squeeze clamps to hold it in place while I attached it next I measured and cut the four-seat slash which ended up being a quarter inch shy of 40 inches this accounts for the material I removed in the beginning with my planer I space the seat slats out about a half inch to account for any wood movement and then I attached them with Brad nails I set the bevel on my miter saw at a 15 degrees and then cut one end of a 2×4 cut off at this angle I marked out a line where this met with the back stretcher a man cut this at 15 degrees off-camera I attached these boards with a couple Brad nails on the bottom and then use the 3/8 drill bit from my Kreg jig and a dowel to attach the top using the remaining 1 by 8 I marked out 25 and a half inches and then cut two boards for the backrest for the chair again I’m just using Brad nails to attach them there are several different ways to plug up pocket holes but my favorite is just using 3/8 inch dowels hammering them in place and then cutting them flush with a flush trim saw and then a quick sanding to get them smooth I actually debated leaving this one the natural wood that’s certainly an option if you want to do that but I couldn’t help myself I ended up going with shou sugi ban and I burned the wood the torch that I use is a torch that’s commonly used to burn weeds and there’s a link to that down the description below I clean up the chair with a scotch brite pad before adding the finish and I made a last-minute decision to go with the turquoise stain like I use in my kitchen island now I actually did a whole tutorial on how to do stained shou sugi ban so make sure you check that out there’s a link up there in the corner and since this will be outdoors I finish it with three coats of a satin spar urethane and this rocker was done everyone thanks for watching I really love the way this chair came out how well it rocks and just how comfortable it is now I got a little crazy and went kind of bold with the color choice let me know what you think down in the comments below do you like the color or should I left it natural or just the burn if you like this build make sure you hit that thumbs up button and please go ahead and subscribe if you haven’t already to stay up to date with all the things I’ve got coming up also follow me on instagram at johnny build okay guys if you’re still watching this video then obviously you’re a die-hard johnny builds fan and i want to tell you how you can support this channel without costing you anything extra than you would already spend and all you 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