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Next cut three 22" lengths of 2×4 for the chair. These will be cross braces A, B, and C. You'll modify A and B to accommodate the headrest and backstop. (Again, if your cushions are less than 22" wide, adjust the length of the 2×4s to match the width of the seat and back.)

After cutting, draw an X on all the ends of the 2×4s, corner-to-corner. At the center of each X, drill a 5/32" hole at least 2" deep.

Cross brace A: If you plan to make a headrest, you need to shape a mounting surface for the headrest support piece. Using a hand or power plane, create a smooth, flat 1½"-wide surface, at least 10" long, at approximately the angles shown. (Easier would be to cut it on an adjustable-table band saw, for the entire 22" length of the brace.) The 53° and 37° angles ensure that the headrest support is vertical before the chair is rocked back.

Cross brace B: Attach the backstop, a 22"×1¼"×½" strip of plywood that will support both seat and back pieces. This extra piece of plywood catches the bottom of the back, which then stops the seat. Use three #8×1½" wood screws, spaced approximately 8" apart.

Cross brace D: For the footstool, cut a 15" length of 2×4 and drill holes in the ends as you did on the other braces. We’ll make the other miscellaneous parts after test-assembling the chair.