Notes on the Materials Making the Bench Sides

Both the sides and the seat of this bench are constructed from laminated 1x4 pine boards. Most build-ing-supply stores sell sections of pine that have already been laminated. If you want to laminate the boards yourself, you need 44 linear feet of 1 x 4 pine and at least two heavy-duty bar clamps.

  1. If you purchased pine that is already laminated, simply cut two pieces, each 14 by 36 inches, making two sides (A). Then skip down to step 4.
  2. If you want to laminate the boards yourself, cut four lengths from 1x4 pine, each 36 inches long, To ensure a solid bond in the lamination process, it is a good idea to rip a minuscule amount from each

This handsome, sturdy bench can be used either inside or out-of-doors. It would be attractive in an entry hall, on a front or back porch, or even in a child's room. I painted mine a bright red to match my entry door, but it would also be pretty with a stain finish or if left natural with just a wood sealer applied. The finished bench is 46-1/2 inches wide, 36 inches tall, and 16 inches deep.

(Enlarge by 600% to get actual size.)

(Enlarge by 600% to get actual size.)

Figure 2

Figure 2

edge to be joined before gluing the wood lengths together. Place the boards side by side, and wipe glue on the adjoining 36-inch-long edges. Then clamp the four boards together using at least two bar clamps. (Refer to the "Tips and Techniques" section if you need assistance with clamping procedures.) Leave the assembly clamped for at least 24 hours. You now •have one side (A) measuring 14 by 36 inches.

  1. Repeat step 2 to laminate the second side (A).
  2. The top edge of each side (A)

is then cut in a curve according to the pattern shown in Figure 1. Enlarge the pattern and trace it onto the top of both laminated sides, Then, following the pattern lines, cut the curves.

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