The sleek, simple and modern design of this backless bench adds architectural interest and a comfy seat to your outdoor living space.
- Glue three pieces of 1-by-3 stock to create each (01) leg.
- Rip each (01) leg to 2 inches wide by 2 inches thick.
- Using glue and pocket hole screws, assemble two side assemblies with the (01) legs and (02) short rails as shown in Figure 1.
2. Assemble the body.
- Using glue and pocket hole screws, assemble the bench body with the (03) long rails and side assemblies as shown in Figure 2.
- Using glue and countersunk 1-5/8-inch screws, attach the (04) cross braces as shown in Figure 3.
TIP: Evenly space the cross braces, and use two screws for each end. Countersink the screws approximately 1/4 inch below the surface.
- Evenly space and attach the (05) seat slats to the (04) cross braces, (01) legs, (02) short rails and (03) long rails. The (05) seat slats should extend 1/2 inch over the two ends.
3. Add finishing touches.
- To plug the screw holes, apply glue inside the countersink, and then insert the 3/8-inch dowel, rotating as you insert it.
- After the glue has set, use a flush-cut handsaw to cut the dowels flush.
TIP: To keep the saw teeth from scoring the project’s surface, drill a 3/8-inch-diameter hole into a couple of note cards, and slip these over the dowels before you saw; the cards will protect the wood as you saw off the excess dowel. Remove the cards, and sand the plugs flush.
- Sand, apply stain, and allow to dry.
- Apply a coat of polyurethane, and allow to dry. Sand lightly, and apply a second coat.
- Predrill and attach nail-on furniture glides to the bottom of the legs.
|Legs||3/4 x 2 x 15 1/4||1 x 3 x 6||12*||*Glue three pieces together to create each leg.|
|Short Rails||3/4 x 2 1/2 x 12 1/2||1 x 3 x 8||2|
|Long Rails||3/4 x 2 1/2 x 42||1 x 3 x 8||2|
|Cross Braces||3/4 x 2 1/2 x 15||1 x 3 x 6||3|
|Seat Slats||3/4 x 2 1/2 x 47||1 x 3 x 8||6|