|Project by KnotCurser||posted 02-19-2011 05:51 PM||1738 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This project was what you would call “long term”.
It began well over a year ago with an idea/request from my Brother who wanted an entryway bench for his home. We talked about it for a while and then it kind of drifted away when I was asked to do other projects.
Several months ago, a set of plans was emailed to me with a detailed drawing of what you see here. My brother had only a few specifics – overall width, the general shape – to include the backrest and the cubbys and a couple of other things.
Then winter started, along with it’s cold weather. Cutting and shaping was cool, but the below freezing temperature meant NO glue-ups. Another month passed and then another. Only in the last few weeks was it warm enough to glue, sand and treat. It was finished two days ago when I installed the adjustable feet.
The entire unit is made from recycled American Chestnut and measures approx 30 inches wide by 73 inches tall. Every joint was either mortise and tenon or biscuit jointed. No nails or screws at all.
As for the finish – the first coat was Spar Varnish. The final was General Finishes “Outdoor Oil”. Although the unit will be inside, it will get it’s share of abuse from two kids with wet coats and boots. The double coat of oil and poly will give it a fighting chance. :-)
My Brother and his wife will be visiting today and plan on taking it home with them – great timing!
I left the sixth picture slot open – I’m going to post a picture of it in it’s home when I get one. :-)
Update on 21FEB11: They loved the bench and already sent a pic of it loaded with coats, hats, etc…. That, of course, is pic six!
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