|Project by jaydub||posted 09-04-2010 04:14 PM||2096 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
I posted a few days ago about the lady who lives at the old mill – here are a couple of other benches I built for her from reclaimed pine from the barn.
I made these harder than they needed to be – and I learned a couple of good lessons:
1. If I had it to do again I would certainly cut the dadoes in the cross members on the ends and in the middle at the same time – in one piece of wood – and then cut them into the 3 separate pieces (or 6 separate pieces, for the two benches). That was really dumb, and cost me at least an hour or 2 extra. I guess there could be worse ways to spend an extra hour or two, though…
2. Next time I would also not cut those cross pieces to length until all the dadoes were cut. I used an indexing pin in an auxiliary fence attached to my miter gauge to cut each successive dado. Even with being as careful as I could be setting the position of that pin, and running multiple test cuts, by the time you cut 5 or 6 of those dadoes, any little error in the set up is multiplied out. I ended up with a slat on the end that had to be ripped down just a little thinner than the others (not enough to look bad, but I know it’s there). Had I given myself a little extra length in those cross pieces and cut to length only after dadoes were cut, that wouldn’t have been an issue.
I wouldn’t have chosen the finish she wanted, but it does seem to work with the surroundings. There’s a pic of one of the old mill stones set in the patio – had to include that. Hard to tell, but the creek that runs right past the house drops about 60 feet just past the house. You can see the tops of some pretty tall trees just off the edge of the patio there. What a dramatic setting!
-- happiness is a sharp plane iron