|Project by speedingtickets||posted 04-02-2010 11:04 PM||1761 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
When I was asked to build a park bench for my boy’s school auction I had no idea what I was in for. It seemed simple enough. Make it sturdy, and give it lots of surface area for the kids to make their hand print art, and not too much detail to detract from the focus. Sounds Easy… Little did I know most benches out there have teeny tiny slats, which don’t make for a very good canvas. So with no plans and not much to work with on the ole google image search, I set out to design my own.
After much deliberation, and a whole bunch of balled up grid paper, I finally decided on some solid 2×6 construction with generous amounts of gorilla glue, and double biscuit joints to make the frame. I chose some nice wide pine planks for the seat and back slats. I filled all the screw holes to make the surface smooth and primed it white with quite a few coats in hopes that the art would pop.
It was then sent to the classroom where the kids transformed the boring thing into a fantastic piece of functional art, with the help of a very talented parent. I was amazed when it came back for the weatherization process. To determine what type of sealant would not melt the white primer or the acrylic paint the kids used I was provided with a test piece well before the bench was built. After some trial and error I settled on a polycrylic clear coat which is a Minwax product that is essentially a clear plastic coating which works well on Acrylic paint. Provided it is completely dry before application. After several layers, top and bottom, this bench is ready for kids and rain.