|Project by Chris P.||posted 02-26-2011 08:15 PM||4790 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
In the back of the detached one-car carriage house of the 1913 craftsman we bought a year ago, there was a tired old workbench long forgotten, gross-looking, and maybe for the garbage. Maybe. Termites are no joke here in southern California for sure, I just had to see if this great old wood was salvageable.
So I risked a set of planer knives after trying to comb the wood for old nails, and planed down just enough to keep some of the old machining marks of the wood’s former life. Two pieces mated together + hairpin legs and voila!
I originally stained it with a redwood-colored stain (which accidentally turned out to be an interesting highlight), but hated it and sanded it off. I decided to leave it natural and as you see it it has five coats of polyacrylic, sanded to 220 between the last three coats.