Every year my hometown puts on a “Relay for Life” American Cancer Society awareness event. Fund raising and public awareness is accomplished through ~Teams~ of volunteers who pledge a 24hour walk/run event, bake sales, raffle drawings, silent auction,.....etc… For this years event, I offered to build a wood project to donate for the auction, and decided that whatever I built also needed to visually promote awareness for the event that I was building it for. The most recogniz...
I work at a nature center and each year they have some sort of auction of items made my local artisans or craftsman as a fundraiser. One year is was painted rain-barrels, the next was bird houses. etc. This year it is garden benches. You submit a design and if picked you build the thing and it gets auctioned off, and the proceeds help keep me employed. This year a frined of mine w/o access to a shop designed a nice garden bench and i offered to build it for the auction.
When last we left off the bad dogs had eaten my bench and I had just replaced the arms. Assembly was pretty simple. Just slop some glue in the holes and on the tennons and clamp it up. I cut a bow in the top of the arm rests on the bandsaw and a rough curve on the fronts. Then I got to try out my new Rotex to see if they are as good as they claim to be. They are, it is, but I digress. In full disclosure, however, I did use my mini PC belt sander to due some of the heavy work. Still the...
Now that the dissection is complete it is time to cut the mortises, or is it morti? I’ve been a big fan of the Mortise Pal jig and continue to be. The more I use it the faster I can set it up and adapt it to various situations. Let’s review a couple of notes. Be sure to use the guide bushing that comes with the jig. You may want to use a 5/8”, but the jig’s bushing is slightly larger. It will slide easily in the guide, but unlike the 5/8”, it will produce a...
It is a walk down memory lane I just as soon not take, but it is nice to know you can go back if you have to. Last Fall after taking delivery of our new little cute vicious puppies, I made the mistake of leaving my bench in their puppy pen. I made it out of redwood in 2009 and it proved to be a tasty treat for sharp teeth. Yum! Aaaaaaaargh! The main damage was to the end of the armrests and there was some damage to the ends of the backrest. I figured I could sand out the backrest,...
Well I have finally finished my garden bench. Cant wait to start my next project. I am in desperate need of a workbench and I am thinking of building a Roubo using benchcrafted vices. Please enjoy the pics. used some brass hinges as decoration. Bought the hinges from woodworkingparts.com very cheap.
Well I am nearly finished, construction is complete. I decided to go for a rosewood stain, so it would blend with the arms. Its a bit dark, but I like it that way. Hides all of my mistakes…At the moment I am giving it several coats of polyurethane.
Hi folks. I decided about a month ago to start building a garden bench to replace a broken one that we bought from a shop near my place. Shop bought garden bench was cheap and flimsy. This is my progress so far. I am nearly finished with the construction. Just the seat rails and Back slats and that’s it. Front and Back legs are laminated because I didn’t have stock thick enough. Wood is unknown, probably some sort of oak. Arms are probably red wood I think...
Well we were able to put about 6 more hours into the bench project this weekend. The display cabinets have been consuming our free time, but I’ve decided to stop working on it at 5 and work from 5 to 8 on the bench. We still need to sand it all, screw it all together and shape the arm rests. It’s just sitting there and the mortises are what’s holding it together. I put the seat slats down onto it so I could test the comfort. I need to shape the front slat and radious al...
Well ladies and gents here are some more progress pics. I think this may be the end for awhile. I need to start a new job and it will be taking up all my free time. So this project will be on the backburner unfortunately. Anyhow, the back rest is carved, as well as one leg. We still need to do some sanding and such, and I need to make tool marks on the left and right sides of the back rest. But I don’t want to do that until I run the tenons. Just so everyone know, redwood is not s...
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