|Project by Mottom||posted 09-19-2007 10:34 PM||2730 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
My wife and I are both short; neither can sit on the bed and put on our socks easily. My wife pointed out the difficulty and encouraged me to do something about it.
On a trip to a local wood store, she spotted a slab of Bubunga that she really liked, purchased it, and told me to get cracking. Darn, ordered to go play in the shop – would any believe that I fought that request?
I cut the end lights and mortises with a plywood template and router. The bench has 2 stringers and a stretcher joined by through mortises and tennons. I had wanted to add ebony pins to the tennons, but the wife thought they’d look too busy (next time I won’t ask, I’ll just do it). The bench was filled and sanded; it is finished in 5 coats of danish oil and then paste wax.
I learned that Bubinga is bloody heavy and dulls every tool you use. I’ll think twice before using it again.
-- A novice at the craft and loving every minute!