|Project by daltxguy||posted 12-31-2008 11:15 PM||2106 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
I just thought I would post this project in response to a blog about inviting criticisms of our piece ( What did you say about my project??? ) and my suggestion that perhaps we ought to post some of less than ideal projects so we can discuss things that didn’t work , mistakes and their recovery.
This was an attempt to make a quick bench using some recovered pine which was previously used as a concrete form to build a house slab ( what they call boxing wood here ) and turn it into a bench using a shaker style design.
While the bench is pretty functional and sturdy, thanks to the bracing on each leg ( no doubt the shakers had worked out a great design) and the wedged through mortices of the leg into the top, clearly one of the legs came out bent. It doesn’t seem to affect the sturdiness but it looks awkward and I’m not sure how I managed to do that. Possibly my measurements were off when I cut the bracing, so that it ended up folding it in to itself or my through mortise of the leg into the bench was not straight and so the leg ended up crooked when driven into the bench.
Since the wood was not perfect, I tried to measure the pieces “in place”, rather than cut precise parts out and hope that it went together. Maybe there is a better way when not using perfect wood? Any suggestions. Of course I was being too hopeful, not using the best wood in the first place.
Then again, maybe it just adds to the charm of the piece.
To get some of the concrete off, I just used a belt sander. I mainly sanded the seat and didn’t worry too much about making the legs look pretty.
In any case it works, but clearly not a masterpiece or an heirloom.
Left unfinished, it now sits outside our door and is used for sitting on while putting on/taking off shoes/boots etc.
Any and all critiques/suggestions welcome.
-- If you can't joint it, bead it!