Douglas fir painted bench

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Project by Douglas posted 01-17-2015 05:27 AM 2134 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a simple little project that was born out of necessity. We didn’t have a good place to put on and take off boots near the back door. While I’m planning on doing a whole big hall tree, that isn’t going to happen this winter. So I went for a simple d for bench. I picked up a few 6’ 2×12s at the big box store, looking for the driest ones I could find, and ones with the most quarter and rift grain as possible. I did some ripping and glue up to make fully quarter and rift pieces, and put this together. The stretcher is held in by wedged through tenons, with walnut wedges. I then did two coats of milk paint; green first, then black, and scuff sanded it all over, leaning in on the edges to cut through the paint for effect. Then it was all clear coated with clear shellac, sanded back here and there. The result is a nice, solid bench, with a nice old timey appearance. It has some shaker like elements to it. I didn’t really use any plans, or even drawings. I just built it on the fly using things I’ve seen before. Nothing new here, just a simple, basic build. It’s possible that the fir will dry out and cause issues, but we’ll see. This only took a few days of partial shop time to complete.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 01-17-2015 10:46 AM

Very nicely done. It looks great. I like the distressing too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 01:56 PM

I love the very appropriate use of “Douglas” fir. The arched stretcher and wedged tenons add a lot of class. (I’d have screwed that sucker in.)

Nice job, Douglas!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 03:19 PM

Nice Job.

-- Art is making extraordinary out of the ordinary.

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 10:38 PM

I am not in a position to give advice but you had to leave the natural color of the fir because its was more warmer

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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