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Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench #3: Raised panels, dry fit and one side glue-up

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 403 days ago 992 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Just the glue-ups Part 3 of Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench series Part 4: Remaining panels glued up and then box assembled »

Today I had a few hours. I cut the panels to size then routed them with an ogee raised panel bit.


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I decided to put some pocket hole screws on the inside on the rails/stiles for added strength. People will be sitting on this.

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Next a dry fit of the front of the bench. Everything fit pretty good but it was a bear to get all parts into their slots at once. To tighten it up a bit I decided to take a 1/16 of both sides of two panels. I’m amazed (shocked actually) that my measuring and calculations ended up fitting so well. I thought I’d have to make more adjustments than this. The setup math is scribbled on my bench top. The back sides parts were cut at the same time so it should fit as well.

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Finally the glue-up. I clamped everything then inserted the pocket hole screws. I left one clamp on to keep my setting of squaring the panel off till the glue dries.

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Next time out I’ll do the back panel. The sides are one larger raised panel. Those will be easy. Left to do is assemble the sides. I’ve decided to use a 3/4 plywood bottom to save my cherry wood. I’ve yet to plane the top, make the skirt type legs for the base and I’ve got a sale coupon at rocklers for March 16th. I will purchase and try some gel stain and topcoat. I’ve seen some of the projects finished with it here and it looks pretty nice. Oh ya, hinges too. Boy they are expensive. I wonder if 4 blum hinges would work?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 403 days ago

Wow, the panel is looking good.

Staining- Do you realize the cherry is going to darken?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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grizzman

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#2 posted 403 days ago

looking great dan. have you thought about putting some thin red cedar planks on the bottom of the inside, it would look nice and also give you the moth protection…just a thought….keep at it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 403 days ago

That is coming along beautifully!!! PLEASE reconsider the stain. A little sunlight and cherry takes on a beauty that can’t be duplicated with stain. I just wipe on some BLO/MS and set in in the sun every day for a few days, then topcoat of your choice.

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 403 days ago

gfadvm, What made me think the wipe on stain might be good is this chest on LJ's.

In my ignorance, what is BLO/MS?

Grizz, Yes, I have and I just might, just for the bottom.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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grizzman

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#5 posted 403 days ago

yea dan that is what i meant, you certainly dont want to cover that beautiful cherry, it will look might fine down there, give ya a good smell, i learned a long time ago, to not put any sealer on the cedar that goes inside, you can always lighty sand it to activate the oils again and get that fresh cedar smell….keep at it…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 403 days ago

Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 402 days ago

Sorry Dan, It’s Boiled Linseed Oil/ Mineral Spirits. I mix 1:1 and just wipe until it won’t soak up any more, then keep wiping until it feels almost dry. Then apply a clear topcoat of your choice. The chest you linked is very nice but personally, I think cherry will achieve a better “patina” left unstained. That’s why they make Fords and Chevys, blondes and brunettes…....

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 402 days ago

gfadvm, thanks, I will try that on a scrap piece. if it comes out like you say then it will save me a lot of money if I use it.
BTW. The topcoat. Is it okay to put a water based over the oil like poly?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 402 days ago

Yes, just give the BLO time to cure/dry fully (varies with the temp and humidy. Or you can put a coat of shellac on it as soon as you’re done then put your finish over the shellac.

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 402 days ago

Many thanks. This is the value of LJ’s.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 400 days ago

!/3 BLO, 1/3 mineral spirits, and 1/3 satin poly is my favorite.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 397 days ago

What a great looking Panel this thing will have alot of storage…. I do the same thing when making panels I keep going back to trim them to fit easier. Rather be to big then to small, but it seems I waste alot of time working it as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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