Assembly

The seat frame consists of four sides. Although the finished project is square, it is clearer if we designate two sides, a front, and a back. The sides are identical to each other, and to the front and back. All of the components should be fastened together with both wood glue and screws, and each assembly should be checked carefully to make sure that the joints are perfectly square.

1. The construction of one side is shown in Figure 1. Attach two legs

Figure 1

(A) to one side connector (C), spacing them as shown. Note that the edges of the side connector are flush with the ends of the legs (A), and there is a 3/4-inch offset at each end of the side connector (C). Using glue and two 1-1/4-inch-long screws at each end of the side connector (C), attach both legs (A).

2. As shown in Figure 1, attach the sjde spacer (E) between the legs.

Figure 2

Figure 2

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Apply glue, and use about three 1-1/4-inch-long screws, driving them through the side connector (C) into the side spacer (E).

  1. Assemble the second side the same way you did the first, repeating Steps 1 and 2.
  2. The front is shown in Figure 2. Assemble two legs (A) and one front/back connector (B), spacing them as shown. Again, the pieces are flush at the top, and there is a 3/4-inch offset at the sides. Use two screws at each end of the front/ back connector (B) to secure the legs (A). Attach the front/back spacer (D) between the legs using three screws driven through the front/back connector (B) into the front/back spacer.
  3. The back is a twin of the front; simply repeat Step 4.
  4. The next step is to join the front, back, and sides. Attach the two sides to the front as shown in Figure 3, making certain that the legs are flush on both the top and bottom. Then attach the back to complete the frame. The side assemblies overlap the exposed ends of-the front and back assemblies. Wipe glue on the adjoining edges, and, to make a solid connection, place a screw about every 6 inches at each joint.
  5. Attach one leg support (G) to the inside corners of each of the four legs as shown in Figure 4. Use three or four screws on each side of each leg support (G).
  6. Setting each corner support (F) on its face, miter both ends at a 45-degree angle as shown in Figure 5.
  7. Referring to Figure 6, attach the mitered corner supports (F), making sure that they are flush with the top edges of the assembled frame. Screw through the edges of the corner supports (F) at an angle (toenail) into the front, back, and side connectors (B and C).
  8. Patch any crevices or gaps in the completed frame with wood putty (or spackle) and sand it. Paint (or stain) it the color of your choice, and seal it with an appropriate finish coat.
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