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Seating Bench Under Construction #4: The undercarriage done

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Blog entry by Karson posted 75 days ago 483 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took the panels and the legs and I cut biscuit slots. I thought I took pictures but don’t find any so I glued the panels and legs together.

Both ends done.

I decided to use dowels to hold the ends to the stretcher. The plan was to run screws through the panels and then plug the hole. I opted not to do it that way.

I used dowel centers to mark the stretcher.

I then glued the undercarriage together.

Then i had to set the bench seat on to see what it looked like.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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patron

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#1 posted 75 days ago

looking good karson

and being live on your feet
as the build goes on
(changing from biscuits to dowels)
is a great way to learn more for us all
to many time we can get caught in a set plan
and miss other or better ways of doing things

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Karson

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#2 posted 75 days ago

David:
I was thinking of biscuits to join the stretcher but ti was going to be almost impossible to get everything lined up.

This morning I remembered the dowel centers that I had so I finally got to use them after 20 years. I might have used them before this but I don’t remember. The package was torn open.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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lew

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#3 posted 75 days ago

Nice, Karson!
Got a little Asian influence going there.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 75 days ago

Karson,

LOOKING Super good!

Change the dimensions a little and you’d have a Wonderful Table too!
... great design!

Thank you for the update!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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grizzman

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#5 posted 75 days ago

beautiful bench karson, i love the walnut, what do you plan on for a finish, or am i getting the horse before the cart

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 75 days ago

Very nice Karson I really like the design too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 75 days ago

Nice looking bench and the walnut looks wonderful.

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Karson

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#8 posted 75 days ago

The finish is probably going to be my homemade Danish oil. 1/3 varnish. 1/3 Boiled linseed oil, 1/3 mineral spirits. I like to use a random orbital sander with the oil on walnut because the walnut dust and the varnish mix fill the pores of the walnut. I then use a sharpened putty knife and cut/scrape off the dried sludge and make sure that all pores are full by pressing it into them with the putty knife. I also put a little (half a cap) of Japan Dryer into about a cup of the mix to get it to set up faster. (Usually less than a day, I do it overnight) You have to discard it if you don’t use it all because with the Japan Dryer it will setup in your container.

I was watching a Glen Huey video and he was talking about that mix for the first couple of coats, Put it on and let it soak in for 5 minutes (keeping it wet) Wipe off and let dry couple of days, then do it again, let dry. Then for third and forth coat use just varnish and Boiled linseed oil. Don’t use the mineral spirits because you don’t need it to soak into the wood.

Just remember to get rid of your wipe off rags because they will self combust, if you wad them up into a ball and put in the trash. Open them up and lay on the floor or hang over a railing and let them dry. then dispose..

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Roger

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#9 posted 75 days ago

Really comin along nicely Karson.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#10 posted 74 days ago

Excellent result buddy. Nice tapers & curves.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 74 days ago

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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