We have had some great response to last week’s “Custom Living: Joggling Board” post including a handful of requests for plans/how to. So, here is a quick run down for the basic instructions on how to build a joggling board:
First, your shopping list for the lumberyard:
- (2) 8′ 4×4 posts
- 14′ of 1″ to 1-1/4″ dowel (in increments of 24″)
- 2×12 for the seat – this can be almost any length you wish. Ours is 12′ long.
- Fasteners to attach the 4×4’s together on the supports
Basic Joggling Board Instruction
Step 1 – Cut the 4×4’s into (8) 24″ lengths.
Step 2 – Cut the dowel into (6) 24″ lengths and (4) 8″ lengths.
Step 3 – Using the Joggling Board Support Drawing below for dimensions, drill three holes on (4) of the 24″ length 4×4’s. It is easiest to drill the holes in the vertical 4×4 posts with a drill press and a good drill bit. I would recommend drilling a hole this is slightly larger than the diameter of the dowels, if you plan to paint the pieces before final assembly.
Joggling Board Support Drawing
Step 4 – Use the remaining (4) 24″ 4×4’s to create the rocking bottom of the two supports. Leave a small area in the center that is flat, so that the joggling board will stay in place when not being used – roughly 3 1/2″ should be plenty wide enough. We used a band saw to cut the arcs into the rocker pieces. The arcs need to be more or less the same, so be sure to use a template to transfer the arc shape between pieces.
Step 5 – Center the vertical 4×4’s on the rockers and attach them either with pocket holes and screws from the top side of the support or with a couple a longer screws directly through the bottom of the rocker (countersunk).
Step 6 – Take 2 of your 4 rocking 4×4 posts and connect using (3) 24″ dowels through the three holes previously drilled. We set the 24″ dowels so that they extend 1-1/2″ beyond each 4×4 support.
Your two supports will look like this:
Step 7 – Drill 4 holes (two on each end) into the 2×12 seat for the 8″ dowels. (diagram shown below)
2 holes at one end of 2×12 seat
Step 8 – Insert the board between the upper two dowels of each support before inserting the outer dowels in the seat. We used a jigsaw to round off the corners of the bench.
Custom Living: Joggling Board
A few tips:
- Be sure to let your wood dry out as much as possible before starting.
- Using a rubber mallet may be helpful in getting the dowels in position.
- As you can see from the picture above, you should individualize your joggling board by modifying decorative portions.
- Please be sure to always operate your tools in a safe manner and wear all appropriate eye and ear protection when operating power tools.
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