Constructing the Seat

  1. From 2x4 treated lumber, cut one 18-1/2-inch-long seat front (D), two seat sides (E), each 19-1/2 inches long, and one 15-1/2-inch-long seat back (F).
  2. Assemble the seat according to "the illustration in Figure 2. Use two 2-1/2-inch-long screws on each end of the overlapping boards. Note that the front (D) extends over the ends of the sides (E), and the back (F) fits between the sides (E).
  1. As shown in Figure 3, attach the assembled seat between the two chair sides 14-1/2 inches from the bottom ends of the chair legs (B). Use two 4-1/2-inch-long screws driven through the face of each leg to secure the seat.
  2. Cut four slats (G) from 1x6 treated lumber, each 18-1/2 inches long. Place them side by side on top of the seat assembly, with their ends facing the chair sides (see Figure 4). The slats should overhang both the front and back of the chair by about 1/2 inch. Secure the four slats by gluing and screwing them to the seat assembly with 1-1/4-inch-long screws. (TIP: It looks much nicer if you draw a line on the slats from the front of the chair to the back— about 1 inch from the slat ends— and place all of your screws on that line.) Put two screws on each end of a slat, and space them uniformly on all of the slats.
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