Step 2: Start the Seat

start the seat
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Cut seat slats the same length as the front crosspiece. Cut a curve into the middle part of one of the slats. Bevel this cut to match the recline of the seat back by angling the jigsaw blade 10 degrees. Make a corresponding cut in another slat to create a 1¾-inch curved gap between the two that will sandwich the back slats. Screw the rear seat slat to the supports.
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    Tools List

    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw
    • drill
      Drill/driver

    Shopping List

    1. 6-inch pressure-treated decking You'll need about seven 6-footers to make the back slats, arm rests, seat supports, seats slats and front crosspiece.

    2. 4-inch pressure-treated decking Pick up two 6-footers to construct the back braces, front legs, and blocking for the arm rests.

    3. 1-inch pressure-treated baluster You'll need 44-inches of material for two 22-inch raisers to support the back braces.

    4. 100-grit sand paper

    5. 2-inch deck screws