shoe bench #8: Clean up and Finish prep

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Blog entry by coloradoclimber posted 07-29-2011 06:05 AM 1668 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Assembly Part 8 of shoe bench series Part 9: Finish and Finished »

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 divider joints next came the ends. Bringing the half blind dovetails and through mortises level.

After the the ends and sides were level and smooth I ran around all of the corners, exterior and interior, with a hand held router and an eighth inch round over bit.

After that it was planing the seat smooth as glass.

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#1 posted 07-29-2011 11:26 AM

Are the half blind dovetails strong enough for a project this? Very nice bench..I Like the thru mortise setup

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#2 posted 07-29-2011 02:36 PM

Without a back I was initially a little worried about racking, having the bench fold over with nothing to keep it square. Now that it’s assembled I don’t think that is going to happen. With all of the dividers dovetailed in and the through tenons wedged tight there is no flex or movement anywhere. The wood is all on the thick side of 3/4 and I sized the dovetails all to be snug. I guess we’ll see over time but right now it is heavy and solid as a rock.

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