Stretching is important. It increases circulation, increases flexibility, increases one’s range of motion, has been proven to reduce stress, has been known to reduce lower back pain, and holds chairs together.
Here I’ve added the front and back stretcher and the left and right stretcher. I made my first mistake of the project here. It’s probably not noticeable in this pictures but it will be revealed in a later blog entry. Can you spot it?
The upper side stretchers have the same 5 degree bevel as the legs. To make this cut, I dry fit the full board 7-1/2” above the lower side stretcher and marked the board at the top of the each leg. I then connected the dots and made the cut on the band saw, screwed and glued them in place.
I also installed the side slats today. The cut list calls for four different sizes since they are larger near the front and shorter near the back thanks to the 5 degree bevel. The slats also have a 5 degree bevel but the way the plan’s cutlist has the measurements for them slightly longer than the final length. This is because the best way to ensure proper fit is to clamp the slats flush with the lower side stretcher, marking the bevel against the top stretcher, and cutting the waste off at the bandsaw.
Once all the measuring and marking was done, I cut the waste off at the band saw, screwed and glued all the slats into place.
All screws used in this project are countersunk for plugging later.
-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger