|Project by Vamsi||posted 07-30-2009 04:17 PM||6469 views||36 times favorited||21 comments|
I designed this bench on a napkin and showed it to my wife. Since I’m just starting out as a woodworker, and because my drawing ability is severely lacking, she just smiled politely. When I asked if I could buy some mahogany to build it, she just patted me on the head and suggested that I use something cheaper. I obliged because I wanted to prove something to myself, and went to the local big box store and bought pressure treated 2×4’s and an 8’ piece of douglas fir 4×4 (also pretty decent at surviving outside).
I constructed the top using my trusty mitersaw and a stop block. I made the base using a tablesaw and a jigsaw for the curves. The joinery for the base is mortise and tenon. Titebond III glued everything up because I didn’t want to fuss with polyurethane glue. I then smeared a thin layer of epoxy on the bottom of the douglas fir legs to prevent the endgrain from wicking up water and rotting. After staining it to look like I used more exotic wood, I topcoated it with McCloskey’s spar varnish for protection.
This single project has caused my wife to take away spending limits (within reason) and to have her take away limits on my imagination which is even more priceless (all of this after she simply stated, “It looks alright, but 3 of them would look a lot better…”