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Making a Balinese-style bench

About the measurements

The measurements throughout this project are given in both metric (mm) and standard (inches).

The metric measurements are given first followed by the standard measurements in brackets ( ).
For example: 90 mm x 45 mm (1½" x 3½").

For rounding-off purposes, and the fact that wood with a same nominal size can vary in actual size between North American and Australasian standards, the metric (mm) measurements given in this project are not an exact match to their equivalent imperial (inch) counterparts.
For example; In Australasia 2x4 (dressed) lumber finishes at 1 3/4 inch. In USA the common size is 1 1/2 inch.
In this project - the imperial measurements are more suited to North America and the metric measurements are more suited to Australasia.
The size (width and thickness) of the wood used in this project is the 'actual' (true) size - that is the size of the wood after it has been dressed (surfaced, planed and/or seasoned).
The 'nominal' size of the wood is in reference to its size before being dressed.
In North America the thickness of the wood is called first, e.g., 2" x 4" (2" is the thickness), in Australasia the width of the wood is called first, e.g., 100 mm x 50 mm (100 mm is the width).

You will need

WOOD
Nominal size Actual size Used for Total
100 mm x 50 mm (2" x 4") 90 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2"x 3 1/2") lower backrest rail, seat support, side rails 4m (13ft)
150 mm x 50 mm (2" x 6") 145 mm x 45 mm (1 1/2"x 5 1/2") rear rail, front rail, rear legs, arms, seat boards 11m (37ft)
10 mm x 100 mm (4" x 4") 90 mm x 90 mm (3 1/2" x 3 1/2") front legs 1m (40")

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You will also need

Two of 200 mm (8") long galvanized lag screws (coach screws),
fifty of 50 mm (2") wood screws,
a handful of 100 mm (4") galvanized nails, a handful of 75 mm (3") galvanized nails, some exterior wood glue,
and some type of decorative wrought iron or metal pattern for the infill at the back of the bench.

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