The construction of the base started with the H shaped end sections, shown below. The section is assembled with Kreg screws and wood glue. The bottom cross piece is placed 4" from the bottom of the leg. During assembly, check squareness using a carpenters square since the 2x4's are knotty. If not square, loosen screws slightly and adjust. Don't worry about a weak joint, since there will be overlap at all joints which will more than strengthen the joint.
|Base H section|
|Attaching cross members|
|Base skeleton assembled|
Shown below is the completed base. If you enlarge the picture, you can see the Kreg screw hole for attaching the top.
|Bottom of bench top.|