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Use 2x material... it's probably cheaper, stronger, and gives you more surface to screw into. (edit: this was based on the original question -- 'use 1x or 2x material?') 1/2" ply would probably be fine, but I'd suggest you upgrade to at least 5/8" ply (or whatever the horrible version of that is in the box stores -- 19/32"?!?) to skin the exterior. ...


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Old question I know but since I am also building a sofa and Google kindly sent me here during my research today, I thought I'd finish off the piece.... 15 degrees is good for the back angle, BUT you should also slope the seat base down towards the back 5 degrees also. This stops people sliding forwards when they lean back and maintains the ideal 100 degree ...



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