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A sauna fit for your home

Anyone who has been to a health club or spa knows the benefits of a relaxing sauna. The intense dry heat cleanses the skin, improves circulation and soothes tension. This do-it-yourself version includes an additional benefit: You can enjoy it in your own home.

The finished sauna measures 6 feet long by 4 feet wide by 6 feet tall, so it will fit almost anywhere. The design features insulated walls to keep the heat in, comfortable two-tiered benches, modular construction and a self-contained heating unit.

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. All the cuts are straight, and the framing and assembly are basic enough for most do-it-yourselfers.

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

If you'd like to take a 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 $2. Please include $3 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 2383, Van Nuys, CA 91409. To order by credit card, call 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at