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Old 03-16-2010, 03:29 PM   #16
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I would avoid construction lumber. It can twist, warp, curl, etc as it dries.
Would construction lumber be OK in an interior setting? From the OP it sounded like it would be an interior project.

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Old 03-16-2010, 03:55 PM   #17
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Would construction lumber be OK in an interior setting? From the OP it sounded like it would be an interior project.
no, its not dry enough for true woodworking. If you're just slapping some 2x4 together with screws and dont care then it would be OK. for something more furniture like it shouldnt be used.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:41 PM   #18
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Brik, I'm in Dover Delaware.

Cmurdr1, I REALLY appreciate the help!! I have a couple questions.

1. So, are the 1x6 seat boards drilled directly from the top into the 4x4's, or are the 2x4's between them? Sorry, but I'm a little confused of the purpose of the 2x4's (since it's the 2x2 that are actually holding the seat boards together, right?).

2. Why do you use lag bolts and not screws between the 2x2 and 1x6's? And are the lag bolts counter sunk into the 1x6's to make them flush?

3. I won't need diagonal braces, so would I just put 2x4's around the bottom for additional support?

And as far as the construction lumber, we don't need anything 'permanent' so as long as it last a couple years we'll be happy.

Thanks Again!

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:18 AM   #19
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Well first off as the other people mentioned if you do use construction lumber it is obviously going to look like it and not as nice as it could be. If thats fine with you then I say go ahead.

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1. So, are the 1x6 seat boards drilled directly from the top into the 4x4's, or are the 2x4's between them? Sorry, but I'm a little confused of the purpose of the 2x4's (since it's the 2x2 that are actually holding the seat boards together, right?).
I would use the 2x4 on top of the 4x4s to provide a base for the 1x6 to rest on. The 2x2 boards were originally used in my design because it had to be built in sections (sry I should have mentioned) Instead in your plan I would forget the 2x2 and use a 2x4 attached on top of the 4x4 to serve the same purpose.

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2. Why do you use lag bolts and not screws between the 2x2 and 1x6's? And are the lag bolts counter sunk into the 1x6's to make them flush?
Again it was because of the the sectional pieces I had to fit together, The lag bolts went through each 2x2 because it was attached to the sides of the 4x4 to give it the strength it needed (Again forget this in your plan, I was tryin to give a list of my plan)

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3. I won't need diagonal braces, so would I just put 2x4's around the bottom for additional support?
That is one option however it may not be the most attractive option. I would suggest maybe some latteral support near the tops of the 4x4 closest to the 1x6 boards (if needed for stability) so it can be easily hidden by some trim all the way around. This is really up to you and what you feel you will need both structurually and aesthetically.

Sorry for all the confusion in my posts, here is how I would assemble it:
1. Set a 2x4 across two 4x4 on each side and screw down
2. Set your 1x6 (two,three, four however deep you want it or you could use 1x4s depending on what look you want) on the 2x4 and screw up from underneath, be sure and leave at least a 2" overhang all the way around the 2x4 to create a lip in a min
3. Add any other structual support you feel you need as close as you can to the tops of the 4x4 and the bottom of the 1x6
4. Finish off with a 1x2 all the way around just under the 1x6 to hide any seams, hardware, supports while leaving a 1/2" lip min (dont put the trim flush to the edge of the 1x6 like a box, give it a little overhang)
5. Sand, Router any edges if you choose, Paint or stain and check that it's level and doesn't wobble.

Hope this helps, this is just one suggestion, it reminds me of a park bench hehe. Post some pics when your done

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Cmudr1, thanks for the reply..... I got a little busy these past few days, so haven't had time to really review your post thoroughly, but I will soon.... Thanks!!

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