Covering the Front and Back Finishing

  1. Cut four front/back panels (J) from the upholstery fabric, each measuring 9 by 57 inches.
  2. Place two front/back panels (J) right sides together, and sew a seam along one 9-inch end to form a single panel measuring 9x112 inches.
  3. Sew long gathering stitches along both 112-inch edges of the combined panel.
  4. Pull the gathers evenly along both long edges until the fabric panel measures 48 inches long. Fold under the raw ends on the short edges (it helps to iron them), and attach the fabric panel to the underside of the bench, flush with the plywood. Use staples or upholstery tacks to secure the fabric in place. Again, don't be stingy with the staples since they must hold the gathers in place.
  5. Pull the fabric panel over the front of the bench and attach it to the top, again using staples or tacks.
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 to cover the remaining support piece (E) on the back of the bench.


  1. Cut one 12-1/2-inch by 47-1/2-inch bench top (K) from 3/4-inch-thick plywood.
  2. If your piece of 1-1/2-inch-thick foam rubber is larger than 13 by 48 inches, trim it to those dimensions.
  3. Center the foam rubber (or an equivalent amount of polyester quilt batting) over the plywood bench top (I) and glue it in place.
  4. Cut one 17-inch by 54-inch top panel (L) from the upholstery fabric.
  5. Centering the top panel (L) over the foam rubber, staple or tack it to the underside of the plywood bench top (K). (You can minimize the number of wrinkles if you start by stapling the center of one long side and the center of the opposite long side. Then work your way out to the ends, smoothing the fabric as you go. Use enough staples to hold the fabric securely. Next, staple the center of both ends, and again work your way out to the corners.)
  6. Attach the upholstered bench cushion to the frame. Place the bench cushion upside down on a flat surface, and put the assembled bench upside down on top of it. Screw through the plywood in the bench into the plywood bench top (K) using 1-1/4-inch-long screws. Place one screw in each corner and as many additional screws along the length as necessary to pull the plywood bench top (K) evenly onto the bottom (D).

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