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Honey locust bench. #2: Slow progress is still progress nonetheless.

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Blog entry by mchapman87 posted 03-15-2017 07:52 PM 418 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The start of my outdoor bench. Part 2 of Honey locust bench. series Part 3: First epoxy glaze coat. »

Quick update from my honey locust bench build. I have been trying to juggle this in with a myriad of other projects that seem to pop up daily. My daughters birthday is tomorrow and I had the pleasure ( heavy sarcasm) of putting together this monstrosity of a swing set. I pray that one day my daughter will have kids and have to suffer the same fate as I haha. Two whole weekends of battling this behemoth and it’s finally complete. Now I can focus on some of my stuff, hopefully. I started playing around with the inlay, I read many product reviews along with success/horror stories for many different methods. I decided to go with the cheapest and easiest method for me. Having a 4oz 5 min epoxy kit sitting on my bench for the last month and a half I decided I would make this work. it’s still pretty cold here in Missouri so I had to put my bottles in a water bath to make it a little more workable. My next venture was to color my epoxy. I also make my own fishing tackle and had some testers model paint left that I used to paint jig heads. I made up my color formula and found what I liked the best. I was unsure on how much of my epoxy I needed for every crack and void, so I just started in small batches. I will say for my first time trying to inlay with epoxy it looked extremely rough. I had drips and trails of epoxy where I didn’t need them. Oh well, nothing a crap-ton of sanding wont fix right? I have about half of the epoxy work filled and as it cured I became impatient. Instead of waiting till all the cracks were filled, I started to scrape off the cured sections to test and see how my attempts would look. Not bad for a rookie if I say so myself. Hopefully I can manage to escape the grasps of my little princess and her never ending tea parties so I can try and get the rest of the epoxy work done. Till then, I guess you guys will just have to wait…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes!



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Monte Pittman

23861 posts in 1939 days


#1 posted 03-15-2017 08:27 PM

Here is my honeylocust bench. Hope to finish this weekend.. Really heavy. Good luck on yours.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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mchapman87

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#2 posted 03-15-2017 08:51 PM

Monte that looks great! I’ve been racking my brain for the longest on how to make my legs and you just gave me a bang up idea. May I copy your leg design sir? My top has a slight twist in it and I need to figure out how I can remedy this when I attach the bench to the legs. Maybe a stretcher on the underside of the benchtop? do you have any suggestions?

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes!

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Monte Pittman

23861 posts in 1939 days


#3 posted 03-15-2017 08:55 PM

I don’t know if you can flex this stuff. Might have to shim the legs to compensate.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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