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24"

FRONT ELEVATfON

24"

SIDE SECTION

Gard™ Bench 371

PHOTO B: Install the seat slats on the bench seat frame with screws. Position the back seat slat 7 In. from the back of the seat frame. Insert M-ln. temporary spacers between tie slats before screwing the slats In place.
PHONO D: Cut the back supports to shape with your saw guided against a straightedge.

width of the frame and spaced iVi in. apart {this spacing provides clearance for a seat back support later). Drive 3-in. countersunk deck screws through the seat frame front and back to secure the stretchers (See Photo A).

O Crosscut three seat slats to length and fasten them to the seat frame. Arrange the seat slats so the ends are flush with the ends of the seat frame. Space the back slat 7 in, from the back of the frame, and insert. Inn.-thick scrap spacers between the slats. Once the slats are positioned on the frame, the front slat should overhang the frame by 1 in. Drill countersunk pilot holes through the slats and into the seat frame members, and fasten the slats with 2-in. deck screws (See Photo Ti).

Make the bench back

© Lay out the back supports: Crosscut three back support blanks to a length of 21% in. Draw the angled profile on each blank to match the Hack Support .Layout drawing, page 370 (See Photo C).

0 Cut, the back supports to shape. The easiest way to do this is to clamp cach back support to your workbench ho the cutting line overhangs the bench. Make the angled rip cuts with your saw guided against a clamped straightedge (See Photo D).

0 Crosscut three back stats to length.

O Assemble the bench back; Arrange the back supports on your workbench so they rest on their long back edges. Set the back slats in place on the back supports so the top siat on the bench back aligns with the top inside corners of the back supports. Separate the back slats with !4-in. spacers. The ends of the back slats should be even with the outer back supports. Center the middle back support between the other two supports. Drive pairs of 2-in. deck screws through the slats at each back support location (See Photo E).

Attach the seat & back

© Slip the bench back supports inside the bench seat frame, behind the back seat slat and so the center seat stretchers "sandwich" the middle back support. Attach the bench seat and back assemblies by driving pairs of countersunk deck screws through the seat frame back and stretchers and into the back supports (See Photo F),

Build the arm & leg assemblies

© Crosscut the four legs and two aim supports to length.

© Assemble the arm supports find legs: Lay an arm support on each pair of legs with the legs lying flat on the workbench and parallel to each other. Align each arm support so one edge is flush with the ends of the legs. Drive two countersunk screws through the arm supports at each leg to attach the parts and form two leg assemblies (See Photu G).

© Fasten the leg assemblies to the bench seat: Clamp a leg assembly to each end of the bench seat so the outer edges of the legs are flush with the front and back of the seat. The arm supports should face inward. Adjust the parts so the seat slats are 16 in. up from the leg hot-

PHOTO E: Attach the back slats along the angled edges of the back supports with screws. Use 34-in. spacers between the back slats to hold the slats apart

PHOTO F: Fasten the bench back to the seat by slipping the back supports Inside the seat frame and between the stretchers, then screwing through the seat frame back and stretchers Into the back supports.
Deck Leg Support
PHOTO G: Make the leg assemblies by fastening each arm support to a pair of legs. Drive pairs of 2'¿-In. countersunk deck screws through the arm supports and Into each leg.

PHOTO H: Position and clamp the teg assemblies to the ends of the bench seat and attach the parts with screws. The arm supports should face Inward.

toms. Fasten the legs to the bench seat with four 2Vi>-in. deck screws at each leg (See Photo H).

Make & attach the arms

© Crosscut two 24L/2-in. boards for the arms. Refer to the Arm Layout drawing, page 370, to draw the arm shapes on the blanks (See Photo I).

© Clamp each arm workpiece to your worksurface, and cut out the arm shapes with a jig saw (See Photo J).

© Position the arms on the arm supports so the back ends of the arms are flush with the back edges of the back legs. The long notch on each arm should wrap around the back supports, and the inside edge of the arms should overhang the arm supports by §4 in. Attach the arms to the leg assemblies with 2-in. countersunk deck screws (See Photo K).

Finishing touches

© Sand all of the bench surfaces and ease the corners and edges with 100-grit sandpaper, especially the seat and back slats as well as the arms (See Photo L).

© Brush on several coats of clear wood preservative, if you wish.

PHOTO H: Position and clamp the teg assemblies to the ends of the bench seat and attach the parts with screws. The arm supports should face Inward.

PHOTO J: Cut out the arms with a |lg saw, wfth the workpieces clamped to your workbench.

PHOTO Lay out the arm shapes on a pair of 1 x 6 cedar boards.

PHOTO Ifc Position the arms on the leg PHOTO L Sand the bench smooth, especially the seat and bach slats as well as the arms, assemblies and fasten them to the arm sup- Cedar dust car be a respiratory Irritant, so wear a dust mask when sanding, ports and the legs with screws.

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