|Project by Quixote||posted 08-01-2009 05:17 AM||5043 views||3 times favorited||16 comments|
Here’s my contribution to the Garden Bench show. I based this from a design in Fine Wood Working Magazine, August 2000 edition. I used all white oak saved from a work bench at the back of an old barn we cleaned out last summer. Everything in the bench (except the hardware), came from three 2” x 8” x 8’ Oak bench top pieces. After I got the back rest drawn out from the pattern I transferred to full size paper. I say based, because I made a couple of minor changes to the back lattice pattern, to use the lumber I had available.
This has lived on my porch, and has been fantastic for everything from a Beer Summit with my neighbors, shoe changing station, and place for the mailman to leave packages.
I assembled the back first, and learned that if a little Gorilla Glue is good, then a little more is a major cleanup waiting to get on everything. Spent lots of time with a sharp chisel and sandpaper to finally clean that up, but the bench is rock solid, weighs in at about 100 pounds. Light oil finish at this point, letting it weather for another year or two before I polyurethane the finish.
About 16 hours in the project.
-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."