|After the panelling is fixed and the lights installed the next job is to create the benches using sawn timber. I made four simple freestanding "box frames" of the right height and length to provide an upper and lower bench all round. The taller back benches were screwed to the paneling and then the lower benches were screwed to the back benches. This is were you need to get more accurate with your measurments and took me the longest time to check and double check. You need to know how many aspen slats are to be used on the top and bottom and also the distance between the floor, bottom bench and top bench. You need to allow for gaps between the slats.
I also made a simple frame for the aspen floor deck and also put in a simple backrest all the way around which finishes things off nicely. Remember to include the deck in your measurements for the bench heights! The deck and valences are removeable so you can get inside for cleaning. Fitting the door was easy as this came as a complete unit and simply screws in place. Because of the rush to get the sauna finished before our anniversary I decided to fit the stove before I completed the upper valances and lower backrests. This was done in the second weekend on April so although not finished the sauna was usable! Karen bought some nice deck chairs for lounging in afterwards, fantastic!
We put plasterboard on the outside of the sauna and got Steve to come back and skim it.