Building the Seat

  1. Cut one 29-3/4-inch-long bottom support (C) from 1x4 pine.
  2. As illustrated in Figure 4, center the bottom support (C) between the two leg assemblies. Apply glue, then screw the bottom support (C) to the top of the lower leg supports (B) using at least two 1 -1 /2-inch-long screws on each end.
  3. Cut three wide slats (D) from 1x4 pine, each 34 inches long.
  4. Cut three narrow slats (E) from 1x2 pine, each 34 inches long.
  5. Glue and screw one narrow slat (E) to the tops of both upper leg supports (B), making it flush with the front ends and side edges, as shown in Figure 4. Use 1 -1 /2-inch screws, and place the screws 1-1/2 inches from the ends of the slats. (The results look nicer if you draw a line across each of the slats at the 1 - 1/2-inch mark and put all of your screws on the line.) I used one screw on each end of the narrow slats (E), and two screws on each end of the wide slats (D).
  6. Add the remaining pieces, alternating wide slats (D) and narrow slats (E), and space them a little less than 1 inch apart (see Figure 4). The outermost slats should be flush with both the ends and the side edges of the upper leg supports (B).

Adding the Back

  1. Cut three wide back slats (F) from 1x4 pine, each 34 inches long.
  2. Cut three narrow back slats (G) from 1x2 pine, each 34 inches long.
  3. Cut two back supports (H) from 1x4 pine, each 35 inches long.
  4. The back is assembled in the same manner as the seat, alternating wide and narrow slats, and leaving about an inch between the slats. Again, place the screws 1-1/2 inch from the ends of the slats. Use two 1-1/2-inch-long screws on each end of the wide slats, and one screw on each end of the narrow slats. Begin by attaching one wide back slat (F) flush with the ends of both back supports (H), as shown in Figure 5.

5. Continue to add slats, alternating narrow back slats (G) and wide back slats (F), to complete the seat-back assembly.

5. Continue to add slats, alternating narrow back slats (G) and wide back slats (F), to complete the seat-back assembly.

Figure 3

6. Glue and screw the seat-back assembly to the assembled seat, screwing through the back supports (H) into the ends of the two leg supports (B). Use 2-1/2-inch-long screws, placing two screws into the end of each leg support (B).

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