Back Uprights

The "backbones" of the Garden Bench are a pair of back uprights angled the same as the back legs (A); theyjust don't extend all the way to the ground.

cut to SHAPE. To lay outthe shape of the back uprights, I again used the Template from page 8, see Fig. 18.

And, just as for the back legs, I used a 3V2M-wide blank. Be sure to use the reference points marked"BU" on the template.

HALF LAPS. After the uprights (K) have been cut to final shape, I laid out two notches on each, see Fig. 19. (These are to fit the laps on the back stretcher and rail.)

I cut the first notch at the bottom using a dado blade in the table saw. But to cut the notch toward the middle of each upright (on the backiace), I used the band saw.

MORTISES. Next, lay out and cut two mortises on each upright — a short mortise on the inside face and a longer mortise on the outside face, see Figs. 19 and 20. Just locate and drill these to produce a mirrored set


To connect the back uprights to the back legs at the top, there are three back rails.

BACK RAILS. The back rails also give the Bench a graceful appearance (because the tops are curved). Start cutting the rails from three 5"-wide blanks, see Fig. 21.

TENONS & MORTISES. Before cutting the rails to final shape, I first cut tenons on the ends of each rail, see Fig. 22.

Then, lay out and drill three mortises on the bottom edge ofthe side rails (L), see Fig. 22. There are no mortises on the center rail.

CUTTO SHAPE. Now lay out and cut a profile on the upper edge of the two side rails


Then lay out and cut a gentle arc along the top edge of the center rail (M), see Fig. 21.

Next, rout a1/^" round-over along the top edges of each piece. (N) to fit between the back rails and seat

TENON SHOULDERS. Now the tenomsailsn see Fig. 23. Then cut tenons on each the rails can be cut to final width, see Figs. ofthe slats, see Fig. 23c.

23a and 23b. Note: For the side rails, I cut the top shoulders to produce tenons a little (%") narrower than the length of the mortises. (See page 18.)

BACK SLATS. Finally, cut six back slats

Now the back assembly can be dry assembled. And to keep it square—especially the opening where the lattice will be installed — I cut a square piece of plywood to exactly fit this opening, see Fig. 23.


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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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