Finishing the shoe bench took considerably longer than I had planned on. After a week of finishing,and a few lost days from tool assembly I decided that I would like to set up some sort of finishing area not in my garage so I can work on other items or just tinker around while the finish cures on my project.
I did a quick setup on my enclosed patio area so now I can apply varnish on my projects and still tinker about in my garage. The picture isn’t very good because of the sunlight coming into the area. Before I finish my next project I want to set up some more shade to block direct sunlight from hitting the project while the varnish cures.
The project was varnished with 6 or so coats of wipe on polyurethane a few more for the top of the bench. I pulled everything inside for a week and the the varnish fully set (as recomended by the guy at my local woodcraft) then added a coat of rennasance wax to the top using the method described in the latest wood smith magazine.
Once the wax set and was completely buffed out I flipped the top over to attach the base to the top using table z brackets. I got them at woodcraft and I think I am adding them correctly but honestly I have no idea. I know they are there to allow wood movement but beyond that I’m not sure.
Here is the bench in its place with my cat curiously exploring the new piece of fruniture that has invaded his house.
Originally I was planning on this being just a prototype, but I’m happy enough with it I think ill hold onto it for a while.
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