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Project by docspencer posted 03-22-2018 08:39 AM 544 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I brought a couple of cherry slabs with us on our move to Maryland. One was begging to be a branch so I obliged. Used 3/4” dowels to join the legs and top but got lazy and used screws on the a stretcher. Multiple coats of poly. Thanks for taking a look.





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mikethetermite

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#1 posted 03-22-2018 02:38 PM

Beautifully done!

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 03:46 PM

nice job

-- Terry Uncle Buck Carvins "woodworking minus patience equals firewood "

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docspencer

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 04:17 PM

I just noticed I left the caption on one of the pictures. I apologize for that.

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 07:18 PM

You did a fine job on this bench.

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 07:25 PM

looks sharp – dimensions? finish?

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docspencer

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#6 posted 03-22-2018 08:31 PM

Thanks for the kind words! Its 36” long, 18” tall, and averages 12 1/2” wide – ish. I put 5 coats of water-based poly on the top and 4 coats on the other surfaces. In retrospect, I should have put a couple of coats of Watco danish to darken it a bit. Next time.

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docspencer

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#7 posted 03-22-2018 09:36 PM

Actually, I’ll make that a question – would Watco natural oil have darkened it?

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#8 posted 03-22-2018 10:07 PM

That’s a fine looking bench—I’m sure you’ll get a lot of enjoyment form it!

To darken, just set it out in the sun for a couple of hours.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 03-24-2018 02:25 AM

Agree that sunlight will darken cherry more evenly and easier (if you have the time to wait). Cherry has proven a more difficult wood to stain and color match for me. You can use potassium dichromate which will darken sap wood and heartwood somewhat more evenly than stains and oil. I like the natural finish – nice job.

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docspencer

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#10 posted 03-24-2018 10:28 PM

Will the sun darkening work even though it already has poly on it?

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Mean_Dean

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#11 posted 03-25-2018 12:55 AM



Will the sun darkening work even though it already has poly on it?

- docspencer

It should. Interior polyurethane has no UV inhibitors, so the sunlight should penetrate it just fine.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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docspencer

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#12 posted 03-26-2018 10:30 PM

Thanks for the kind words and advice. I’m gonna try to sell it. Wish me luck!

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