|Project by Junado||posted 02-26-2014 03:46 PM||1060 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
I built this indoor sauna throughout 2011 for a family member. The whole construction spanned about a year, working mostly on saturdays.
The house it is in was built in 2009 with a purpose built spot for a sauna, so this was custom built to fit that space. The exterior dimensions are about 7 1/2×4 1/2 feets, so inside dimensions are roughly 7×4. Framing was done with 2×3s to increase the usable space inside. It will sit 3 people comfortably, and 4 if you don’t mind a little proximity! Aside from the corner seat however, the bottom bench is mostly useless (4 feet is a little shallow for a two bench sauna design) and is only used as a foot rest.
The sauna and all accessories (bench, guard, trim, etc.) are all built from clear red cedar. The bottom bench is in two pieces so it can be taken out for cleaning and the top bench can be fully dissassembled as it would not fit through the door. All the assembly hardware is hidden to avoid burning. Inside lighting is provided by three LED strips hidden behind the backrest. I was worried the heat would burn them out quickly, but they’ve been going strong almost three years now.
This was a lot of fun to build, but it’s a lot more fun to use !