Assembling the Bench

  1. Cut one 13-inch by 46-1/2-inch bottom bench piece (D) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood.
  2. Cut two bottom support pieces (E) from 2x4 pine, each 43-1/2 inches long.

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extensions on the side pieces (C) of the leg assemblies, as illustrated. Glue and screw both the plywood extensions and the horizontal leg pieces (B) to the bottom bench piece (D) using 2-inch-long screws spaced about 6 inches apart. Screw through the bottom bench piece (D) into the horizontal leg pieces (B).

  1. Fit the bottom supports (E) between the legs, and glue and screw them to the bottom bench piece (D), as shown in Figure 2. Use 1-1/4-inch-long screws placed every 6 inches. Screw through the bottom bench piece (D) into the bottom supports (E).
  2. Cut one 6-inch-long center support (F) from 2x4 pine.
  3. Fit the center support (F) between the bottom support pieces (E), and secure it in place with glue and screws. Screw through the bottom bench piece (D) into the center support (F) using 1-1/4-inch-long screws placed every 3 inches. Use two 3-inch screws driven at an angle (toenail) through both ends of the center support (F) into the bottom support (E).
  4. Cut four triangular corner supports (G) from 2x4 pine, each measuring 3-1/2 by 3-1/2 by 5 inches. Glue and screw them to the horizontal leg pieces (B) and the bottom supports (E). Use about four 3-inch-long screws on each corner support (G)—two screws into the bottom support (E) and two screws into the horizontal leg piece (B). See Figure 2.
  5. Place the bottom bench piece (D) upside down on a level surface. Fit the assembled legs onto the bottom bench piece (D) as shown in Figure 2. The bottom bench piece (D)

3. Place the bottom bench piece (D) upside down on a level surface. Fit the assembled legs onto the bottom bench piece (D) as shown in Figure 2. The bottom bench piece (D)

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