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Making a Balinese-style bench

Step 6.   Make the shaped braces

the shaped braces for the bench seat

Cut four shaped braces to go in the corners (under the side rails) where the legs and side rails meet, to give added bracing strength.

Use 90 mm x 45 mm (1½" x 3½") wood.

Draw a grid on one of the pieces with the grid spacings 50 mm (2") apart.

Using the picture below as reference, approximate the points between the grid lines on the brace piece then draw lines from point to point so that you have a pattern on the brace piece similar to the pattern drawing below.

brace pattern

Then cut the brace shape out using a power saw, jig-saw and handsaw where needed.

Once you have cut out the first brace, use it as a pattern to mark and cut the other three.

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The bench sat braces

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