Furnishing a Sauna Suite #12: Screw Cleats and an Extra Set of Legs

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 02-13-2021 04:40 PM 457 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Assembling Bench Frames Part 12 of Furnishing a Sauna Suite series Part 13: Attaching Bench Slats »

Screw Cleats

I considered two approaches for fastening the top slats to the benches. 1) Screw from the top and cover screw heads with wood plugs. 2) Make wood cleats and screw from underneath. I chose the second option since I didn’t want to deal with end-grain wood plugs on benches that would see a lot of water exposure in the shower room.

The cleats attach to the braces using a tongue and groove joint.

Close-up of a screw cleat.

Gluing the screw cleats to end rails and braces.

Extra Legs

The long bench flexed a lot with the weight of a person on it. An extra set of legs fastened to the rail solved the flex issue.

A rabbet joint provides plenty of strength.

Four screws and glue hold the leg to the rail.

My basement floor is a concrete slab, poured in sub zero temps, that isn’t very even. I custom fit the extra legs in place so there was no rock in the bench.


Router the slat edges, sand all the parts, fasten the top slats, and varnish.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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