|Project by Linkovich||posted 07-18-2016 11:40 PM||699 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Back in January. My family and I moved to a bigger and better farm house. With a huge barn, a.k.a. my shop. Beside that barn there was a neat stack of barn boards 1”x13”17’. In early June I decided to use some of these boards for an outdoor garden bench for my wife. I had no real plan… I just knew I have to be able to sit on it, and it can’t have any screws in it.
I started out by cutting these huge boards into 3 smaller manageable boards. I then ripped them into strips about 3” wide, then planed them down. At first I almost crapped my pants, because after cleaning just a bit off them. thought they might be oak. They are not oak. They are white ash. Pretty sweet still.
I made a few dumb choices along the way with this bench. Like cutting dados into the center boards of the legs before gluing them together. I should have just waited and cut the mortise out after. It would have been faster, and I had to do it anyway for the front support beam to connect. Stupid… Maybe I should start planning ahead? These 1am time saving ideas waste a lot of time.
I drilled pilot holes so I could re drill holes in the tenons after I jammed them in the mortises. All in there are 52 oak dowels holding this bench together. What a pain in the butt that was. I sanded it all down to 240. Then finished it with boiled linseed oil. Completed the bench just in time to give it to my wife for a first year wedding anniversary gift. She loves it. So I’m happy with it. .
Thanks for looking and check out my Facebook there is tons of build pics.