hand carved redwood bench #1: The materials, site, and thoughts

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 08-09-2009 07:36 PM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been building a fence here at the house I’m renting (see blog). I ended up getting 2 sections out of one board as opposed to the 1 section I originally thought so I figured I’d use some of the material for a couple of projects. The first one is this bench, the second will be a carved screen door. This project is going to be a little tricky because I don’t really have “fresh” materials, nor do I have the thickness’s I would buy if this was going to be a project I wasn’t just throwing out there. In this case I am using material that has nail holes, it’s torn up, etc. Well basically it’s fence material. LOL. So there will be a lot of jointing, planing, and figuring. I’m sure there will be plenty of waist as well, but we will see.
To stat this off we have the materials. In the next sections I will show more of the process as I am starting the build as soon as I hit “post” to this blog.

The leg material. This is the fall off from the 2×4s used on the fence. My goal is to run one face through the jointer and then glue 2 together per leg. Then once the glue dries I will run 2 faces through the jointer and then plane to thickness. Because the material will turn Grey I’m not concerned with the grain patterns matching, etc. Hopefully it won’t delaminate in the future.

I have glued up the back rest into one plank.

Here is the material I will dig through to find the arm rests, seat slats, aprons, etc. This is also the material for the gate, and the other fence sections. What are the chances I won’t have to buy more? LOL

And this is going to be the new location for this bench.

I hope you all enjoy this series, and I will do my best to be as descriptive as I can. As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 08-09-2009 07:48 PM

We’ll be keeping an eye on this project.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 08-09-2009 08:56 PM

me too Keith … I’m your buddy ya know !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 08-09-2009 09:02 PM

This will be interesting to watch and a good test of your skills


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#4 posted 08-10-2009 01:56 AM

Definitely interesting.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 08-14-2009 02:12 AM

Ive’ seen the result. Great job Keith.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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