|Project by Andrew||posted 07-18-2010 02:26 AM||2369 views||5 times favorited||12 comments|
Well, I got this wood really cheap, $125 for a 4 foot by 4 foot by 4 foot pallet of mostly cedar, some pine. Mixed dimensions, mostly 3/4” by 3 1/2”, some 1 3/4” by 7 1/2” All of it 4 feet long. I built 6 benches from the wood, One for my deck, one for my wife’s friends deck, one for my mother in law, 1 for my dad, and 2, I guess I can sell them.
Okay I decided to make them all at the same time to eliminate set up times, I needed to use a lot of math. Each panel is made of tongue and groove slats. Each bench has 56 slats X 6 = 336 slats with tongue and grooves. The rails and stiles are all mortise and tenon joinery, each bench has 38 mortise X 6 = 228 mortises, and 228 tenons. I am happy to be finished with them, but, I got to use almost all of my power tools except my lathe. The process was time consuming and less than exciting. With the clamps I have, I could only clamp 2 panels at a time, Each bench has 10 panels X 6= you get the idea. I used titebond 3 on the joinery. I still have a little sanding to do on some of them.
The last picture is of the Cedar score when I brought the wood home from a Menards that was shutting down, yes that is a PT cruiser, crammed to the gills with wood. Lucky I didn’t get rear ended or have to make a sudden stop on the way home.
Thanks for looking, hopefully my next project will take less time, in fact it has to, because the next one after that is a dresser for my Son, and it needs to be finished for his birthday, Aug. 28th.
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