Take a seat
Lay out the seat sides (H) on 11⁄2×2×24" blanks and bandsaw them to shape. Bandsaw the bridle joints [Photo G]
and clean up the ends with a chisel.
Cut the seat spreaders (I) to size. Form tenons on the ends to fit the bridle joints in the sides (H). Bandsaw the curved tops of the spreaders.
Bevel the lower back edge
Glue together the seat sides (H) and
spreaders (I), with the beveled spreader at the back. Square the assembly. When dry, trim the back corners to 10° Finishsand the seat assembly.
Lay out the backrest sides (J) [Gridded Pattern]
on 11⁄2" stock. Bandsaw to shape, cut notches to fit over the joint tops on the seat side rails (H) and sand smooth. Glue the backrest sides (J) to the seat assembly (H/I) [Exploded After the glue dries, drill a counterbored screw hole through each side (J) into the side rails (H), and drive screws.
Cut to size the backrest spreaders (K). Bandsaw the curve in each [Exploded View]
and drill pocket holes in the ends. Screw the spreaders to the backrest sides. Glue wooden plugs into the pocket holes and counterbores, and sand them smooth. Finish-sand the seat and backrest assembly of one seat (H–K). Apply several coats of wiping finish. (We applied three coats of Danish oil.) Staple a double layer of 10-oz. duck canvas to the seat and backrest (H–K) top surfaces to support the cushion.
accurately notches the backrest sides. A stopblock clamped to the fence ahead of the blade safely positions each rail for precise cutting.
Drill a series of overlapping holes at the end of the bridle joint before bandsawing the joint cheeks.