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table braces in place underneath the table. These braces should run between the legs and the ncxt-to-middlc top planks. After the braces are positioned properly, remove the nails one by one and replace them with 2W long wood screws. (See Figure 5.)

5 Attach the table braces to the underside ot the table with 2Vi" long wood screws.

6/Sothatyoudntl the stretcher holes in exactly the same place on every leg, make a simple ¡¡g to automaticaJty position the stock on your drill press.

Drill holes for the stretchers in the bench legs. Drill a 1 " diameter hole in each bench leg, near the bottom. These holes must be placed exactly the same on all 32 legs. To position the holes easily, without a lot of measuring, make a simple jig that will hold the legs in the same place on your drill press, every time you drill a hole. (See Figure 6.)

6/Sothatyoudntl the stretcher holes in exactly the same place on every leg, make a simple ¡¡g to automaticaJty position the stock on your drill press.

5 Attach the table braces to the underside ot the table with 2Vi" long wood screws.

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Sand the bench parts. Sand all the parts Once again, if you plan to paint or stain the completed I I of the bench, just as you did the table parts. project, now would be a good time to apply the first coat.

Assemble the bench frames. Kit the bench legs together to form sawbucks, in the same manner that you put the table legs together. Drive I '/«"-long wood screws through the lap joints, so that the legs won't come apart. Attach the seat braces to the tops of the legs with 216 "-long screws. Arrange the leg-brace assemblies in pairs, and insert stretcher dowels in the holes in the legs. Arrange the parts so that the ends of the dowels are flush with the outside surfaces of the legs. Secure the stretchers in the legs by driving finishing nails through the legs and into the dowels.

and attach them to the frames.

There are two ways to saw the shapes of the seats, depending on what tools you intend to use. If you're using a sabre saw, simply nail the planks to the frames, trace the seat pattern onto the planks, and cut out the shape with the saw. This is virtually the same method you used to make the tabletop.

However, if you have a band saw, the technique is a little different and a little easier. Temporarily tack the seat planks to just one bench frame, centering the planks on the frame. The seat planks must be spaced '/«" apart, just as the tabletop planks were spaced. Enlarge the scat pattern, and trace it onto the tops of the planks. Then remove the planks and cut out the shapes on a band saw.

Use this first set of shaped seat planks as templates to mark the others. Saw the remaining planks and sand the edges to remove the saw marks. Then nail the planks to the seats with decking nails.

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