I am in the process of making an oak bench shown at the link below. How
would you attach the 3/4" oak plywood floor? The top of the floor needs to
be flush with the top of the front bottom rail. There is also a center
divider that is giving me grief (floor in two sections?). I was originally
thinking of using biscuits with slats for support underneath.
If that portion is for meant for strength, I'd skip it. The whole
center part and lower rails. If needed (doubtful) I'd use one central
stringer end <> end.
If that portion is for other than strength, cleats would be the
simplest. And yes, do the "floor" in two pieces. Either that or dump
the center section. Anyway you do it will be a PITA because of the
precision needed in sizing the plywood.
Version #4. ;~)
If you notice the top rail on the sides, you will see that they are almost
flush with the inner sides of the legs. Make the bottom rails wide also but
have them flush with the inner side of the legs and rabbit all lower side
and front rails. Cut a notch in the corners of the bottom to fit around the
Make the bottom rails thick and rabbet them to support a single-piece
bottom panel "floor". I would align the rabbets such that the floor
just fits inside the legs so that you don't have to notch the bottom
panel for the legs at the corners.
The vertical divider could be dadoed into the top and bottom, or you
could simply use glued butt joints--the stress on the divider is
essentially vertical. If you're going to use a cushion as in the
original you could reinforce with screws and plug the screw holes.
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