An Annotated Portfolio & Project Documentaries

Thirty. Joining the front legs to the bench seat

The design of this bench is experimental and evolving step-by-step.  I have a basic idea of adding wide slab armrests to the top of the front posts, which are much longer at this stage than they will be when I start working on the arm rests.  For now, the challenge is  tightly fitting each leg into a cut-out in the bench seat.

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I first marked and cut out a poster board pattern. The leg is marked for realignment.

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With the leg removed, the pattern was moved deeper into the bench seat. The straight pencil line was drawn at the edge of the pattern, before there leg was removed, as a guide when the pattern was moved on the bench seat. The cut-out is marked and ready for cutting with a jigsaw.

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The cut-out is made and ready for a test fit of the leg.

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This rarely happens–the leg fit tightly and with the right alignment on the first try.

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