In the beginning there was legs

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 05-02-2010 09:04 PM 868 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had promised in a previous blog that I’d write up something on making the outdoor benches where one of my fortunate accidents took place.

And off we go!

It started with a concept – wrap-around benches for one side of the porch. For various reasons the final design calls for three benches, 2 5’ x 19”, and one longer bench to take up the space between the walls. Slats on top, sturdy legs, and with a forest green body and ocean blue slats. Construct the whole thing out of 2×4 pine to keep the cost down.

I worked on a sketchup design and decided on butt joints for ease of construction.

Since I don’t have a jointer or planer yet, I picked as straight a pieces of 2×4 8’ boards as I could. Some day I hope to have those tools, but until then ….

So. Rip the 2×4’s down to 3” widths, then cut eight pieces to 16 1/2 ” lengths. gluing two together will give me a nice square leg.

And here’s the result after the glue-up:

Leg Glue-up

That having been done, I stain them using a minwax water-based stain (it’s the only kind you can use for the non-wood colors). Forest Green is the color of choice for these benches.

The legs stained:

Stained Legs

And that’s where we stand at the moment.

I hope to have the sketchup file uploaded into an easily accessible site for downloading purposes some time tomorrow. More on the progress as time allows. Thanks for looking.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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