A Bench for My Uncle #6: Finished and Finished

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Blog entry by Aaron McCain posted 07-06-2013 05:47 AM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once the bench was glued together and the bottom slats were cut to size, it was time to finish the bench. We knew that the bench would spend spring, summer, and fall in the Palouse hills in Eastern Washington and get some significant sun exposure. We expect that the bench will be brought in during the cold winter months. So after some research we decided to finish the bench with a few coats of a spar urethane that provides U/V protection. The reason are that it will weather nicely however there will be some maintenance after a few years. We were told that you don’t have to strip the previous application prior to the application of the new application. My uncle was on board with this approach.

The only problem was that when we started to apply the finish it was too cold in the shop for proper application. My wife (who is my finisher) suggested we apply the finish up in the master bedroom. Okay. I laughed when I came up and she was in the bathtub applying the finish to the bottom side of the bench. Ain’t she great?

After it was finished it sat in our study for almost 6 months before I had the opportunity to meet up with my uncle for the delivery. He was excited to take it home and pleased with the outcome. Thanks for following along, it was a fun project.

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#1 posted 07-06-2013 05:19 PM

It is a very nicely build bench and a good design too. You are very luck to have wife who can do finishing and is also willing to do it. Congratulations to both of you for a fine job!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-06-2013 10:25 PM

She must be pretty brave to not even put some cardboard or paper down. I’d of had drips for sure doing the underside of that bench

NICE bench!

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 12:36 AM

That bench turned out beautiful.

And your wife is definitely a keeper!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 01:00 AM

Nice blog series. Interesting read. Great looking bench!

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