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Stylized Horse Bench for the Wife

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Project by Richard W. Hyman Jr posted 09-17-2014 02:43 AM 1482 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off, my thanks to Jay from Jays Custom Creations for explaining woodworking in a way that makes you think “Hey, I think I can do that!”. And for sharing plans and projects on his website. This bench I made for my wife is from one of those shared projects.

Second, I have had every intention of staining and finishing this thing, but my wife is stuck trying to figure out what to do. She’s doesn’t like what the “green” from the pressure treating does to the stain on test pieces of lumber (gives most of it a yellowish/green tint), but she doesn’t want to paint because she doesn’t want to cover up the grain and the knots. So any suggestions you guys have would be greatly appreciated.

This was another great learning project. Very straight forward and great lessons in the convenience of having a cut list up front. Prior to this I had been doing the inexperienced woodworker thing of measure, cut, fit, next board…. And having the cut list first made all the difference in the world in time savings and efficiency!

Thanks for looking and as always, any comments, critiques, or suggestions on ways I can grow or improve are always welcome! (Especially finishing suggestions for this one! ;) )


VR,
Richard

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 08:19 AM

Nice work, that is a cool looking bench.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 10:16 AM

Thank you very much!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Thewoodman2000

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 11:10 AM

Sorry I dont have any tips on the staining part.

But I can say that you are doing great things with the tools and space you have to work with! Great build!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 09-17-2014 11:31 AM

Beautiful work!
Have you tried a dye? You may be out of luck in getting rid of the greenish tint. But you might use it to advantage.
If the wife would go for a teal like tint, you might try using grape flavored Kool Ade. Just buy the non sugared kind. Cheap and effective. Cheap enough to try it on scrap.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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kepy

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#5 posted 09-17-2014 11:38 AM

Cool bench. You might try using a thinned craft paint on a piece of scrap.

-- Kepy

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#6 posted 09-17-2014 12:52 PM

very nice bench.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 09-17-2014 01:33 PM

That looks great. If you are wanting to stain it, you may want to concider a Cabbot stain. They have a varity of colors and also varying degrees of opaqueness. We do alot of of outdoor projects with PT lumber, and really like the way it weathers. It wont stay “Green” for very long. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#8 posted 09-17-2014 11:54 PM

Thanks for the comments all! Good words and encouragement from y’all means alot!

Gene, Kepy, and Hoss, Thanks for the suggestions! I will DEFINITELY run them by the wife! Those are new options we hadn’t considered and open up some avenues and choices for her. I knew I’d get some great suggestions from y’all!

Thanks,
Richard

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Mean_Dean

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#9 posted 09-18-2014 12:09 AM

Man that is some fine work! I love the horse heads and shoes!

As far as the staining goes, you might try a seal coat of thin shellac, like Zinsser. It should seal off the wood, and it should stain better. Of course, always try a test on a scrap piece first!

Good luck, and keep up the good work!

-- Dean

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#10 posted 09-21-2014 01:40 PM

Dean,

Thanks for the compliment and the suggestion. I’ll suggest that to the wife as well. You guys have all come up with some great ideas! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Mean_Dean

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 02:51 AM

Richard, got to see the F-22 fly this weekend—amazing machine! Haven’t seen a fighter do a tail slide since that Russian pilot, Igor something, did it in his Sukhoi about 20 years ago up at Abbotsford. Of course, he crashed it doing a tail slide later that year…....

Naturally, Igor survived—and last I heard, he was still on the air show circuit!

-- Dean

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#12 posted 09-22-2014 11:46 AM

Dean, very cool! First time I got to see an F-22 was out on the ramp at Nellis AFB. We were taxiing past and it was parked next to a couple of F-15s. Those are some big birds. That thing is pretty much the size of an F-15E. I was really surprised. I do remember the air show you’re talking about at Abbotsford. Glad that dude made it out, but I honestly didn’t think he’d survive that ejection, much less be back and flying again!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#13 posted 09-15-2016 11:12 PM

That is a real neat bench!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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