So I’m working on another project: I have some various pieces of what I believe is Douglas Fir, some 4×4x4 posts, shorter 4×4 pieces and a nice Pine slab (I think, could be Fir as well) from a construction project nearby that was advertised as “free firewood” after they were done pouring the concrete, & why you would wanna burn such great wood, I’ll never know.
I set the slab up on some 12 inch 4×4s to get a feel for how it might look.
I’ve hand-sanded the posts to 400 grit (started with 80 > 120/150 > 220 > 320 > 400) and applied a couple coats of tung oil (steel wool in between applications). I plan on putting on at least 4 more coats, but we’ll see how it comes out.
These posts have great character and seem quite old. One even has some great burn marks as if it was in a fire previously.
The color and figure of what will be the bench seat really pleases me. This is without the flash, for a more true representation of the color. (although its blurry)
I’d like to use this bench in the backyard patio, so I may need to look into waterproofing it. Will Tung Oil do that for me? Please someone comment on that, if you know how many coats i’ll need or if i need a sealer too. I have Danish oil too (Watco).
I’m gonna be going for a chunky, simplistic design. I want it to be rock solid and yet actually quite comfortable.
I’m wondering if I should slant the bench seat back, about 7 degrees, for comfort. We shall see. Any ideas?
-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram