|Project by pete79||posted 04-23-2011 05:11 AM||2659 views||10 times favorited||15 comments|
This is a bench I made for my parents as a Christmas gift. It’s the 4th piece of furniture I’ve ever made. Since I have no insulation or heat in my garage, I had to wait until it got a little warmer out to start building it for them though.
The bench is made of red oak and walnut. The entire bench started out as one big 8/4 slab of walnut, and one big 8/4 slab of red oak. This was my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery, so I figured I might as well go for it and I drawbored the joints while I was at it. That worked out pretty good except that I offset two of the holes in the tenons too much and ended up cracking the pegs. Not a big deal as they split after they were all the way in and I was able to plane off most of the cracked part. I don’t own many larger power tools, so the only one involved in the making of this bench was a table saw – everything else was done with a hand plane and chisels, which was really fun.
I sanded down to 220 and finished with three coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin and a coat of wax. I didn’t see the saw marks on the end grain of the seat until I posted the pictures – you can’t see them in person, so I assume the flash highlighted them (oh well). I signed the bottom of the bench in the center near the walnut strip.
I learned a LOT along the way on this one, including the results of internal wood stresses as the 8/4 walnut slab I started with decided it didn’t like being ripped into smaller pieces I guess.
I wish I could keep this one, but it goes to its new home tomorrow. Hope you enjoy.
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