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How to Build a Semi-Circular Wooden Bench (page 3 of 3)

This outdoor bench project is a great way to show off your woodworking skills. The bench is a perfect addition to a garden, deck or around a fire pit.

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Make the Seat Assemblies

Refer to the cut list on page 1for measurements on the seat slats. Refer to Image 1 (below) to see the 22.5-degree angle cuts for each piece. Dry fit them on a work surface.

Drill pocket holes in the seat slats as marked in Image 1. Be sure to select the best-looking (least amount of defects) face of each board to be positioned up and drill the pocket holes on the opposite face.

Position the outer seat slats 1 flush against the inner seat slat 1 as shown in Image 4 (below) and attach using glue and 2-1/2" pocket-hole screws.

Position the outer seat slats 2 flush against the inner seat slat 2 and attach using glue and 2-1/2" pocket-hole screws.

Position the outer seat slats 3 flush against the inner seat slat 3 and attach using glue and 2-1/2" pocket-hole screws.

Position the outer seat slats 4 flush against the inner seat slat 4 and attach using glue and 2-1/2" pocket-hole screws.

Position the outer seat slats 5 flush against the inner seat slat 5 and attach using glue and 2-1/2" pocket-hole screws.

Final Assembly

Find a large and flat work surface for the final assembly steps.

Position all of the seat slat assemblies with the pocket-hole sides facing up. Place the base assemblies on top the seat assemblies and test fit. The innermost seat slat assembly should be flush with the front edges of the base assemblies and overhanging the outside edges of the side base assemblies by 1-1/2 inches. The outermost seat slat assembly should be flush with the back edges of the base assemblies and overhanging the outside edges of the side base assemblies by 1-1/2 inches.

Attach the base assembly side rails and back rails to the innermost and outermost seat slats using 2-1/2" pocket-hole screws only (no glue).

Drill countersunk pilot holes in the front rails and seat braces of the base assemblies positioned as shown in Image 2 (below). Drive 2-1/2" deck screws through these pilot holes and into the seat slats.

Position the remaining seat slat assemblies equidistantly apart (about 1/8") and attach using 2 1/2" pocket-hole screws and 2-1/2" deck screws. You can use a spacer from scrap wood or a paint stirrer to help with positioning the parts (Image 4).

Turn over the assembly (you may need an assistant) and apply a coat of Olympic Maximum Sealer to the seat slats and touch up the base assemblies if needed.

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