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Making a Bench

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Start with a finished 1/2″thick x 12″wide x 60″long board and stain on one side. With two 1/2″ x 3″ x 7′ long board, cut a line measuring 3/4″ of the board at an 1/8″ deep on both boards. If the lengths only come in 4″ widths, you may have to also cut an inch off before making your line. Once both boards have an 1/8″ cut line, carve along the line rounding it so that the bottom part looks tailored. See picture to get a clear aspect before proceeding.

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Sand the carved, lower part of the line smooth then cut two boards at 55″ long and two at 9″ long at a 45 degree angle. From the left over piece of the 7′ length of board cut two to measure 2″ wide and 12″ long to fit under the legs for balance. You don’t want it to extend passed the seat. Cut 4 legs off a 2″ x 2″ x 8′ frame lumber to 16″ long. Set the pieces on the stained part to see if it fits well and evenly in the centre. With wood glue, glue then nail the boards together with the legs also attached using a nail gun. Do not attach it to the seat yet. Once legs and frame is put together, paint it.

 

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When the paint is dry, tip the legs onto the frame so that it sits evenly with an even overhang of the seat. Mark it, add glue along the inner marked line on the seat, place back on the frame then nail it down. Fill the nail holes and stain the seat top. Coat with Varathane for a finished look.

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Now the bench is ready to be used.

Things you need:

  1. 1/2″ x 12″ x 60″ board (the seat)
  2. 2 – 1/2″ x 3″ x 7′ board (frame and bottom of legs for balance)
  3. 2″ x 2″ x 8′ board (frame board)
  4. Varathane, stain, paint
  5. Nail gun
  6. Sander
  7. Wood glue
  8. Saw
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