Step 1: Assemble the Base
Step 2: Cut the Back Edge and Motif
Step 3: Make the Armrests
Step 4: Secure the Seat and Armrests
Step 5: Assemble the Loveseat
Step 6: Apply the Finish
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Position the side rails flush against the legs, securing with adhesive and two screws each end. Position the front and back rails flush against the legs, securing with adhesive and two screws each end, offset to avoid hitting the side screws. Position the center rail, securing with adhesive and two screws into the ends.
Mark a 4-in. square grid on the back to transfer the cutting template, reversing to mark the left side. Use a jigsaw to cut the top edge, beginning at the center and cutting to the left and repeating for the right side. Drill a 7/16-in. starter hole in each section of the motif then cut the pattern using a jigsaw.
To shape the armrests, on the base measure 3-in. from the back to mark a line up to the top back corner then mark a parallel line 7 3/4-in. toward the center. At the front mark 7 3/4-in. up from the base and 9 3/8-in. in to intersect with the angled line. Mark the curved edges by drawing around a paint can then cut the edges using jigsaw.
Use a plane to trim the edge of the seat and back to 8°. Position the armrests flush with the edge of the seat, securing with five screws from under the seat. Align the back with the seat and armrests, securing with screws 4-in. apart.
Apply adhesive along the top of the frame and position the seat with the sides flush and 3/4-in. overhang at the front. Mark the rails on the seat to drill 1/16-in. countersunk pilot holes then secure with screws 10-in. apart.
Use an orbital sander to round over all the edges; then, apply stain. If you plan to leave the seat outside, make it weatherproof by using ACQ treated pine or Western red cedar, with galvanized or stainless steel screws and exterior glue, finishing with an oil-based stain.
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