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Plywood template-cut rocking bench. #2: The sealer is on, brace added to the back rest.

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Blog entry by Fridgecritter posted 01-27-2013 06:45 PM 1959 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Sort of a late entry... Part 2 of Plywood template-cut rocking bench. series Part 3: First coat of epoxy »

The bench is almost done! I added another plywood layer to each of the legs for support, and I added an accent piece to the back of the back rest for decoration and support. I had to counter-sink the holes on the sides of the bench where the threaded rod spans the length of the bench because the rod wasn’t long enough to protrude beyond the added layer of ply. I also decided to route the edges of the legs, both on the outer and inner radius’.

I really like the back accent piece, and I like the way the enlarged holes look where the threaded rod is. I sprayed two cans of shellack/sealer combination spray on, and the plywood drank it up like an Ethiopian would eat a ham sandwich. The bench will most definitely need a really thick varnish. I think I will use epoxy. I was trying to avoid epoxy because it’s really expensive, but I have spent 6 months off and on making this bench, so the 50 bucks will be worth it.

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 09:37 PM

A fine looking and uniquely styled bench. Are you planning to use it outdoors? If so, a good marine varnish would be much better than epoxy, as the ultraviolet rays from the sun can really ruin epoxy fast whereas the the marine varnish has UV protection and it is flexible to withstand contraction and expansion from constant cooling and heating. Epoxy is of course fine indoors. Don’t mean to be a busybody.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 10:28 PM

Not at all stefang. I appreciate any input anyone has to offer on this project. The reason I was going for epoxy was the thickness, and this has been the bane of my existence (with some exaggeration) for the last couple of months trying to figure out how to finish this thing on a budget. Can you recommend a good marine varnish that won’t break the bank?

-- "Anyone can post a quote on the internet and attribute the quote to a famous person." -Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 09:56 AM

I read a comparison article on outdoor finishes two or three years ago in FWW mag.

http://www.finewoodworking.com/how-to/article/torture-test-for-outdoor-finishes.aspx

If you don’t have access to the article for membership reasons, the best finish was Epiphanes clear vanish with extra UV filter for the top coat and epoxy sealer underneath, The Epiphanes cost around $42 qt. at the time.. Personally I have used epoxy with a polyurethane varnish, top coat with UV protection on some bird houses that stood up very very well over several years outside in rain, snow and sun. Not cheap, but it will save your wonderful bench. Not all marine varnishes are created equal!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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