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Posted on Design help, first project

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 02:09 PM

SInce I’ve never actually built this, please keep in mind that my answers are nothing more than my opinion, but here goes.
1. That is a matter of opinion. I think 1×2 would be plenty enough if you use quality wood. However, I think the 2×2s would be better. I tend to overbuild things. I can’t see where there is going to be that much of a cost difference between the 1×2s and the 2×2s.
2. Once again, I tend to overbuild things. I think if the wood is attached together well, you wouldn’t necessarily need and apron, but I think an apron would make it a lot sturdier over time. Personally, I would spend the money and add a back and sides. You could use quarter inch plywood. There are many styles of plywood to choose from. I’m partial to luan. It. I just like the look of it. Attach it to the back and sides glue and any other fasteners you see fit. This would eliminate any kind of racking or twisting that may occur.
3. I think the notch idea would be fine. As long as the legs are sturdy,besides the glue, the slats running from front to back would help hold the cross braces into the legs. The way it is drawn out, from what I can see, unless the legs move or all the slats come loose, it would be impossible for the cross pieces to fall out.


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