You CAN do this! It's super simple!
- Measure and cut a 1x12 down to 48 inches long. (I bought mine at a big box store already precut -BONUS!)
- Cut 2 deck balusters in half (or approx 4 pieces at 17 inches long)
- Cut two 2x6 boards down to 48 inches
- Cut the falloff (or additional 2x6) into two 8 inch long pieces
Your pile should look something like this....
Assemble a basic box with the 1x12 resting on top like so...
Don't freak out if the edges overlap or don't meet perfectly. The batting and foam will take care of this later on.
All that nice stuff I said about Al Borland just went out the window. It's time to just make it work with weird shared holes and toenails.
*You can avoid all this Jerry-rigging by simply buying a smaller bracket. It takes me at least 25 minutes to get to the hardware store and I had coffee pumping through my veins so this was really not an option for me. I was on a roll. ;)
Mark the bench top at 8,16,24,32, and 40 inches. If you mark this in the center of the board (6 inches from the edge) you can drill a hole right on these marks for a center row of buttons.
For 2 rows of buttons, make a small "X" 4 inches off each side at the 8,16,24,32, and 40 hash marks. X marks the spot so drill away!
Some people cut holes through the foam on these marks but that's not needed on this project.
If you are not adding buttons, repeat the whole process over again with fabric. You're done!
Pull the the fabric tight and staple all the way around just as you did with the batting. You're finished!