attaching the remaining vertical pieces to the crosspieces
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 14: Install the Remaining Crosspieces and Vertical Strips

Fit the upper and middle crosspieces into the gaps in the legs (the middle ones act as armrests for the bench). Secure them by toenailing 3-inch screws through the crosspieces and into the inside faces of the legs. Cut 1x2 lattice strips to size, per the cut list. Center the longer vertical strip between the bench's legs, and attach it to the crosspieces with 1¼-inch screws. Center the shorter strips vertically and place them equidistant from the long strip and the leg. Attach to the crosspieces with 1¼-inch screws. Repeat on the opposite side.
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    Tools List

    • sledge hammer
    • miter saw
      miter saw
    • jigsaw
    • drill
      drill/driver and 1-inch paddle bit
    • caulk gun
      caulk gun
    • four-foot level
      4-foot level
    • hand clamps
    • combination square
      combination square
    • flexible curves
      flexible curve to draw profile for rafter tails

    Shopping List

    All lumber listed is western red cedar.

    2x4s Get twelve 8-foor boards.

    1x4s Get at least four 8-foot boards.

    1x2s Get at least nine 8-foot boards. 2x6s Get three 8-foot boards.

    2x2s Get two 8-foot boards or five 4-foot spindles for the purlins.

    ¼-inch spacers cut from scrap.

    Post anchors Get four.

    Construction adhesive

    Stainless-steel trim-head screws You need three sizes: 1¼ inch, 2 inch, and 3 inch.