|Project by Pete Tevonian||posted 06-18-2015 04:23 PM||1068 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
This is a small garden bench built for a little side-yard nook that needed some seating—36” wide. It’s made from Siberian Elm, only because I have a lot of it sitting in my shop waiting for projects. I opted for the live-edge on the seat and back because I thought it would add a nice outdoor/rustic feel, and make the bench more distinctive. The back and seat are also cut from single wide boards to show off the great Siberian Elm grain.
Siberian Elm is definitely NOT a typical outdoor furniture wood, and I very well may end up regretting the choice, but this was my first attempt at any kind of “seating” furniture anyway; experimenting and learning is the name of the game! The construction is all mortise and tenon, using Titebond III glue, except for the seat slats which I screwed down from below, in case they need to be replaced or refinished much sooner than the rest.
The finish is 7 coats of Epifanes Marine Varnish, sanded lightly between coats. I didn’t worry about a perfect mirror polish since it’s an outdoor piece. I’ll be interested to see how well the Epifanes works to protect the wood. My main concern is around the joints—whether the finish will adequately fill and protext the tiny cracks where water will want to hide. I’ve read that sun exposure is the greatest threat to the long life of the finish, and that shouldn’t be an issue in this location, so maybe it will hold up for a summer or two. I’ll come back and update the project as time goes by.
Thanks for reading!
-- Pete in Wilmette, IL