When we’d decided on the concept for our Hurricane Sandy Library Bench, we selected some planking that filled the material needs for the project. It was all 1 x 6” lumber; it seemed to have been part of a fence. In our work there is a necessary “engineering” aspect, the main components of which are: will it hold together, and can a large person sit in it without it breaking? Since we planned for a six-foot-long bench, we tested the boards’ strength, and found it much too flimsy to meet our standards. We ended up using 2 x 8” planks from the steps from a destroyed deck for the bench.
That left us wondering how to use the fencing, which we’d already started to dress. The obvious answer was a piece that could use relatively-stronger short lengths of the lumber for a seat and backrest, and this chair is the result. It’s currently in use as a dining-room chair in our home.