|Project by 007ians||posted 10-26-2010 06:46 AM||3180 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
After my daughter gave me a Kreg Jig pocket hole master system, I began looking for projects to build.
I stumbled upon the plans for these garden benches that convert into a picnic table.
In place of nails to join the pieces together, I have used the Kreg Jig to place the pocket hole and
fastened using the pocket hole screws. This allowed me to construct the project where no fasteners
are visible and will not come loose to catch on clothes or injure people.
I used a tablesaw to make all of the cuts, I did not have a miter saw. After each piece was
fastened I used a palm sander or hand help belt sander to remove any ruff edges and such.
I used Minwax Red Chestnut stain to finish the benches, I just liked the deep red color. I expected these to
stay outside so they have been finished with the Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane.
for this being my very first woodworking project, it took me about a week to cut the parts and assemble.
Then about two days for the stain and finish.
Since then I have purchased a miter saw and it only takes me about 6 hours to cut out all on the pieces.
-- The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. They do for me.