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Enjoy the benefits of a sauna at home

Published Sep. 26, 2005

A sauna's intense dry heat not only cleanses the pores but also tones the skin, improves circulation, eliminates toxins through perspiration, aids in weight loss and soothes tensions. This do-it-yourself version features an additional benefit: You can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home.

The finished sauna measures just 6 feet long by 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall. It features insulated walls, two-tiered benches and a self-contained heating unit, and modular construction makes it easy to take apart for moving or storage.

The project calls for Western red cedar for the interior paneling, benches and flooring and Douglas fir and plywood for the framing and exterior walls.

The Sauna plan, No. 563, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step assembly instructions with photos, isometric drawings, detailed construction diagrams, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a mail-order source for a heater and other accessories.

If you would like to take a relaxing plunge after your sauna, a plan that shows how to Plumb and Deck a Spa, No. 670, is available for $9.95. A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $3.95. Prices include postage and handling.

Please allow three to four weeks for delivery. For rush delivery, add $1 an item up to $3 maximum and allow seven to 10 days.

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