Furnishing a Sauna Suite #15: Bench Back Rest Slats

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 03-07-2021 09:16 PM 339 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Nailing the Slats

I nailed the slats to the braces with 2” 15-gauge stainless steel finish nails. I experimented on some scrap and gave up on my plan of using two nails per joint. There was too much risk of blowing out/splitting the braces.

We used 15/16” spacer blocks to attain even slat spacing.

I opted to run the back wall back rest all the way across and then run the side wall back rest just short of it by about 1/2”. I wasn’t sure how it would look, but cut the slats to length and varnished them with that plan in mind. It looks good to me.

Those headrests make all the difference when relaxing after a sauna or a shower! The adjacent back rest also makes a good foot rest.

Drywall Anchors

I’m not sure using screw-in drywall anchors was the best choice for securing the back rest braces. There’s a little bit of play in them after I had to pound some of the nails flush when they didn’t drive in all the way. (I should have removed the back rests and set the nails on my work bench.) If they loosen up much more, I’ll switch to molley bolts.


Glue up boards for the shelf and top of the changing/shower room table.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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