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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 06-14-2012 02:06 AM 7042 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick picture update for anyone following this father’s day gift builds.
I put the bottom of the bench together this morning before Tom and I went to the pool for the afternoon. Tomorrow I need to put the braces on the legs as well as put the back on it. I should have time because my wife is going to a concert with her friend so it will be just Tom and I tomorrow night. I have it sanded already to 150 grit and only need to hand sand it 220 to remove the pigtails before I spray it with spar varnish. So it appears that everything is on schedule to be done in time for Father’s day. Here are those pictures I promised;

First up is a front view of the assembled base, minus the braces.

Second it a side view.

And last is a over head view so you can see the square cut nails, the three board glue up and how beautiful the grain is on the red elm that I am using.

Thanks for checking and the next update will be the pictures for the finished project. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 06-14-2012 02:32 AM

Love the bench, love the elm, not too sure about the nails.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 06-14-2012 02:58 AM

Very nice Todd I’m sure he will love it.

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#3 posted 06-14-2012 07:29 AM

Itlooks nice so far, but I would also query why you have used nails? Is it for a more traditional look? If so why not tap some holes for screws then plug the screw holes. Otherwise through time the nail will work loose and it will become ricketty? Just my thougts ….great work though!

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#4 posted 06-16-2012 03:59 AM

Well it’s a reproduction of an antique garden bench found in Vermont and the square cut nails is what was in the original so I stayed as close as I could to the original. I even went out of my way while on a trip to Amish country here in Ohio (Holmes county) last month to pick up a box of 6d square cut nails for this. Everything else on the bench is attached using modern fasteners and then plugged. (bluekingfisher) I was indeed going for a traditional look. I’m and also about finished with a traditional Shaker style cupboard that I build for a charity auction this summer that has four square cut nails in the front of it. I promise to lay off the cut nails after these two projects are finished. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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