One Board Campfire Chairs


Build your own affordable outdoor furniture to place around the firepit.


  1. Cut out all pieces to length and trim according to cut list.
  2. Attach seat back to seat. Use regular 2 1/2” exterior wood screws for this step. Once everything is assembled you won’t be able to see them and it saves the money. Use clamps to help keep the boards in place with screwing them together.
  3. Attach sides to the seat assembly. Used here are 2 1/2” 3/8 washer head lag screws and exterior rated wood glue. NOTE: Having an extra set of hands with will help with this step, but isn’t necessary. Also, you can add cleats to help support the seats for the assemble process. These work great and didn’t need to pre-drill. Make your cleats short so they are not visible from the front.
  4. Add back support. Since a lot can happen during assembly, it is recommended to double check this measurement before cutting and then sneaking up on the cut. Attach lag screws from both the back support into the seat back and from the sides into the back support.
  5. Use Bernzomatic TS8000 Max Heat Torch and MAP PRO Gas to Shou Sugi Ban the chairs.  The MAP PRO gas burns hotter than propane and paired the TS8000 Max Heat Torch allows for faster work time charring the chairs. It also has a fully adjustable flame and a continuous flame lock so you don’t have to hold the button down the whole time.
  6. Once burned, gently brush off any loose material and then liberally apply 2 coats of General Finishes Outdoor Oil per the labels instructions. Like with any outdoor furniture they will require maintenance, but with outdoor oil all you have to do is clean the piece and then add another coat as necessary. Be sure let oil sit on the piece for about 10 mins and then wipe off any excess. If you don’t wipe off the excess, it won’t dry properly and will become sticky.

Completed chairs

What You'll Need


DuraCast™ 8000 Torch

Product Info


14.1 oz. MAP-Pro® Hand Torch Cylinder

Product Info


  • 1 – 2 x 12 x96” Board (Actual dimensions 1 1/2” x 11 1/2” x 96”)
  • 12 – 2 1/2”x 3/8” Washer Head Lag Screws
  • 4 – 2 1/2” Exterior Wood Screws
  • Miter Saw or Circular Saw                                                                        
  • Drill
  • Sander

Cut List

  • Back Support – 1 @ Approximately 12”L x 3 1/2”W
  • Sides – 2 @ 20”L x 11 1/2”W
  • Seat – 1 @ 20”L x 11 1/2”W
  • Seat Back – 1 @ 24”L x 11 1/2”W