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How to Build a Backyard Bench

Laying the Seat

Attach the seat stretcher (in yellow) first, then the slat closest to the back supports, followed by the rest of the slats.
Attach the seat stretcher (in yellow) first, then the slat closest to the back supports, followed by the rest of the slats.
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Drill the 48-inch 2x4s into place starting at the back, where it's important to be sure that the first slat is connected to the back support. Leave a quarter-inch (6-millimeter) space between the slats, which you can create using a standard pencil as a spacer.

The back slats are attached the same way, but with a half-inch or 13-millimeter (Sharpie marker-sized) gap between the first back slat and the bench and quarter-inch spaces for the rest of the back.

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Finished? Good. You've earned the right to take a seat.

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Source

Bates, Jay. "How to Build a Comfortable 2x4 Bench and Side Table." Jay's Custom Creations. June 29, 2013 (April 8, 2014) http://jayscustomcreations.com/2013/06/free-plans-2x4-outdoor-bench

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