I exchanged some emails with the client during the course of the build –pics of what was in-work, along with pictures and any questions I had- and the subject of seating came up. I’m not a chairbuilder so I couldn’t help there, but when the conversation included benches I was hooked. Specifically, adding one to the build that uses turned legs and matches the table / buffet set. Prepared a simple quote and got the job. So here’s what it took to make a bench!
The legs are bought, and match the buffet exactly
Aprons are 2x material, but what kind? I purposely didn’t include material cost of aprons in the bench quote because I knew I had something that’d do. And with a trip to the in-house “Land of Detrius,” some very straight-grained fir stock appeared that’s perfect bench material (yeah, sneak peak in the pic above):
Salvage from a couple of two-panel wood doors my BIL dropped off sometime last year. Didn’t have room to store them forever, didn’t need them, so I ripped the stiles into decent sized stock and put it aside. Now, it’s getting used. Good stuff. Anyway, M&T joinery will fit this apron stock to the legs. Used the Steel City mortise first, then cut the tenons at the RAS. To check my work, I pulled the four legs and four apron pieces together. It rocked. No, not ‘rocked’ as in ‘awesome,’ but rocked as in ‘not level / flat on the floor.’ That means doing some fine-fitting when glue-up time came.
Glued and clamped up the end-cap assemblies and that step was complete.
Second fit check now says the bench frame is now square, with all four legs hitting the floor, so the side aprons can now be glued up. To be on the safe side, while the glue cured for an hour or so I weighted the bench down with the Shop Sand Bags.
The Top of the Bench rq’d the last of my 2×6 stock, milled up the same way the buffet table top had been.
Stain and clear coat remains, but bench is done! Thanks for looking!
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