I am designing a bench for my hallway. I have made a mock up, and I have a question regarding stability and one regarding wood movement.
Do I need a stretcher under the seat for stability? I see many designs of this type has a stretcher, but will the seat not add enough strength if it is fastened well?
The seats are made of two pieces with a small gap between them. Each part is just under 6” wide, but only 4 1/4” rests on the legs. Can i glue and loose tenon the seats to the legs? It is not a lot of movement here, and I hoped this could avoid the stretcher. I am planning to have a small drawer under, so a stretcher would be in the way.
thank you for your insights