"Deacon's" Benches

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Project by PPK posted 08-13-2016 10:05 PM 887 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these for a friend of a relative. To make a long story short, it was a LEARNING PROCESS. The last two photos are the first bench I built. At the time, I didn’t know that you had to use conditioner when staining maple. Then I made the Pine one in the first pictures the wrong size or something, I don’t remember. Finally, the Maple one with no stain turned out well. They have bottom mount drawer slides. They are great for an entry way for storing mittens and caps, etc, and you can sit down on them to take off your shoes. A different relative actually bought the ugly one for this purpose, and it is still there to this day, I believe. Function over form, right?

-- Pete

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#1 posted 08-13-2016 10:19 PM


They all look good to me so tell me


What are:-
Bottom mount drawers slides any thing different to a normal drawer slide?
Maple conditioner never heard of it, or any other timber stain conditioner for that matter.

Nice design and strong enough to sit on so where is the problem?

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 08-13-2016 11:20 PM

Nice job!

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#3 posted 08-14-2016 01:40 AM

I can’t find the ugly one. They all look good to me. Nice design and quality craftsmanship.
Great benches!!

-- The reward of art is not fame or success but intoxication: that is why so many bad artists are unable to give it up. Jean Cocteau

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#4 posted 08-14-2016 02:24 AM


bottom mount drawer slides are different, they lay flat on the bottom, instead of flat on the sides of the cabinet box (carcass). I actually built this project quite a few years ago, just found the pictures, so I posted it now. Anyway, the other thing with bottom mount, is that there’s only one in the center. Side mount ones have two.

The conditioner is something to basically seal the wood BEFORE you stain it. Maple and Pine and a few other woods have grain that accepts stain very readily on some areas, and very scantily in others. This make for a blotchy look. So, if you seal it a bit before staining, it make the stain soak in evenly everywhere. Some guys use shellac, I think as a sealer. The other thing is that you need a little darker stain to achieve the same color, since less soaks in due to the sealer. That’s my experience anyway…

Pictures 5 and 6 show the blotchiness, if you look closely. It really looked pretty crappy when you got up close to it ;-)

-- Pete

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#5 posted 08-14-2016 07:17 PM

it’s a very nice bench.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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