To finish the bench I used my favorite finish, a few coats of thinned tung oil followed by paste wax. I like an oil finish because I think it leaves the most natural feeling surface. It may not be the most durable but I like the look and the fee...
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Got the clamps off and now it’s time to clean up the glue joints and prep the surfaces for finish. First thing to do was remove the clamps, flip the bench on it’s side, and plane all of the joints even. After leveling the div...
If the fun part was the joinery, the miserable part was the assembly. The bench has 22 sliding dovetails, two 12 inch half blind dovetails, and 8 through mortises that all have to be glued, lined up, and slid together all before any clamps coul...
Ok, here comes the interesting part, not the hardest part, but the most interesting part. Getting all of the joints to line up and come together snug without a lot of slop was a bit of a trick. The bench has 22 sliding dovetails, two ends with h...
I looked at various woods for the bench and ended up deciding on poplar, why, because it was relatively cheap, and I could get it in wide boards. I wanted to build the top of the bench as a single board. I sorted through the wide boards availa...