Step 2: Cut the Back Supports

close up on back supports
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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For each back support, cut one of the ends straight and the other by setting the angle at 15 degrees. Cut a curve to round over one corner of the straight end, and sand it smooth. Screw the back supports to the inside of the seat supports, splayed back slightly so that the angled edge is flush with the bottom of the seat support.
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    Tools List

    • circular saw
      circular saw to create the angled legs and cut the slats, spacers, and crosspieces to length
    • jigsaw
      jigsaw to shape the bench seat and round the seat back
    • drill
      Drill/Driver

    Shopping List

    1. 1x3 lumber to create the seat slats, leg spacer, and crosspieces. You'll need twelve 8-foot-long boards.

    2. 2x6 lumber to build a shaped seat and all four legs. You'll need two 8-foot-long boards.

    3. 2x4 lumber to support the back slats. You'll need one 8-foot-long board.

    4. 3/8-inch carriage bolts with a washer and nut to attach the legs. You'll need two bolts per leg.

    5. 1 5/8-inch large-head deck screws to attach the slats, crosspieces, and leg spacers.

    6. 120-grit sandpaper