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Cypress Entry Bench #3: Fit and Finshed ... Finally.

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 06-07-2011 02:36 AM 1953 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the final installment of the build, the finished project. This is a entry bench with slats for shoe storage and a hinged lid with an area for storage under the seats. The lumber is cypress, joinery is mortise and tenon and sliding dovetails for the upper arm rests, the finish is General Finishes Medium Brown Dye Stain, And top coated with 5 coats of semi-golss poly.




-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty



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Chipy

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 03:13 AM

Vary Nice got to love the grain and rich color!cypress is so underrated!

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 04:04 AM

Well done. Looks like a peaceful place to park oneself. and a bit of storage too! Like the colors and clean design.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 05:52 AM

Chris the bench looks great. I really like the grain on the cypress. Nice job!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 01:03 PM

Nice looking bench, Chris.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 02:36 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys.

Chipy, I agree with you on cypress being underrated. Besides it being a bit stringy it was super easy to work with and its afforadable.

I was really happy the way it finished. I had a tough tme trying to brush on the dye stain but once i moved to a rag it was a lot easier. The only thing that i would do different next time around is to use a coat of dewaxed shellac or full strength poly after the dye stain. I felt like i had wiped on poly for almost a month.

The bench’s final resting place is in our breezeway .. a good spot to sit and read a book.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 08:56 PM

very nice work ,job well done

-- kayakdude

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#7 posted 06-08-2011 04:10 AM

Very nice project love the dark grain….as much as i think cypress does come out nicely, I am not a fan of cypress for an ecological reason as it is one of the best protectors to the swamps and wetlands that surround where I live. Historically much of the stuff around here had been made from cypress, but due to costs most things are made with spanish and royal cedar now.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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