Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench #6: All sanded and yet to be horned rail glued up

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 03-16-2013 10:28 PM 1393 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: New top and skirt! Part 6 of Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench series Part 7: Roll over molding »

Woodworking is often so therapeutic.

Today I did the tedious job of sanding. Thank God for my Bosch ROS and my mirka paper. That stuff just doesn’t wear out. I’m still using some of the same pieces from 4 projects ago and some were large like beds.

Anyway, I scraped all the seams to remove the glue and level them. Then I started with 80 grit and worked down to 320. When all is said and done I’ll do a final 400, vacuum it with a brush and use a tacky semidried shellaced cloth to remove the dust from the pores.

As it stands, this is how it looks now. The hinges, ordered from amazon, will be arriving any day now so the top is just set on the chest to see the fit. I worked really hard the other day scraping and sanding to get it as flat as possible. I’ve decided that I’m going to use some pure tongue oil I had left over from a walnut bed I made a few months ago and then I’ll spray some satin finish poly over it. The first wipe on of tongue oil will be cut 50/50 with spirits the second (and maybe third) coats will be straight.


I’m going to put a rail on the inside edge of three sides (back and sides) of the cover. I’ve seen a lot of bench seats like this with everything from straight strips of wood to more ornate ones that have decorative cuts on the top. I’m going to attempt to carve a curved horn styled one keeping with the theme of cove molding on the cover, bottom skirt, and raised panel indents. Since it will have to joint at two 45 degree angles at the two back corners of the chest I am going to carve the entire three sides as one piece of molding so that when I do cut those angles the thing will join well.

I’ll make a cardboard template for the outside curve so it’s uniform all the way across. I guess I’ll will start with a plane then eventually change to the spoke shave. I’ve carved guitar necks so It should work okay. After, I’ll take 2” strips of cloth sandpaper from worn out 48” sanding belts and use it over the curve like polishing shoes with a cloth. A low grits it really works well. The inside curve will again be cut with that raised panel router bit I used for the skirt molding at the bottom of the chest.

I glued three pieces of 2” cherry together in case I wanted a wide base at the bottom of the rail molding. I can always cut it narrow. Kind of hard to add wood later on. This strip is about 90” long, enough for the three sides. When carved it will be about 1 1/2” tall. We’ll see how this goes. My next entry might show a perfectly straight piece of wood instead. It all depends on if I’ve bitten off more than I can plane with this last piece decorative molding. It’s a long piece of wood. Probably going to take quite awhile to do it and especially to get it uniform from one end to the other. We’ll see. Thanks for reading. This was a long explanation. I hope it made sense.

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

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 11:30 PM

I like the bench, nice job. I like making my own moldings also this one looks like a lot of work but will look good.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#2 posted 03-17-2013 01:26 AM

Just beautiful! I’ve heard that pure tongue oil takes FOREVER to dry and so never tried it. But it sounds like you have gotten along with it previously so I’ll quit worrying about you! Like the horn rail idea.

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

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#3 posted 03-17-2013 07:02 AM

Dan you got a lots of clamp ,but i know you been in this craft for a while longer than I ,you have more on that glue up than i think i own, i try to pick em up when ever i got the funds r they go on sale ,which aint often . , the bench has came out beautiful

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 03-17-2013 10:41 AM

Eddie, those were my bessey clamps that were mismarked at 99 cents each at a salvage store. They should have been $9.99. I bought all 28 they had. I did mention at the desk that they were a good price. They agreed. So I just bought the whole lot. I’ve really used them a lot. I usually don’t purchase small clamps as they have limited use for larger stuff but boy they sure are nice to have.

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

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