Another piece of scrap has befallen my assorted blades, and has now become the slats for the bench. It was a large hunk of Doug Fir or Pine. It was originally going to be a large slab bench, but I decided it would be too large & unwieldy. It was 3” x 12” x 8’ – warped, twisted, split, cupped, weather-worn and worm-eaten; beautiful!
Now it’s 6 slats 2 1/4” w x 1 1/2” h x 52” long. The previously mentioned character charms still exist, just to a lesser extent. Rounded over the edges, sanded then sealed w/ shellac, sanded 220, stained w/ a color called Cabernet, from Varathane I think. Shellac again then filled the little worm holes with a metallic paint, water based. A touch more red stain too! The first coat of urethane is on them now.
My dilemma has been how to attach the slats to the frame without the hardware showing. My solution is to screw scraps down to the Ipe from the top & screw into the slats from the bottom:
Any suggestions on alternative ways of attachment?
I still need to figure out how I want to attach the two outer slats, as they are resting directly on the top rail along the full length. I may still decide to poke dowels through the outside slats.
-- Mark, Portland, OR - what's for dinner?