|Project by meshgiath||posted 05-02-2011 04:43 AM||1273 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
After five hundred and sixty-something days of lurking here – it’s about time I got something on the board!
Upon my mother’s birthday this year I told her that I would make her any piece of furniture she wanted. Luckily for me she couldn’t decide, so of the choices I was given, I picked a bench for the end of my parent’s bed. Previously there was no sitting space in my parent’s bedroom and they recently upgraded mattresses that consequently put them farther off the ground than they expected so a need arose!
I happened to have access to some local walnut, I had some leftover figured maple from a dinner table I built a couple of years ago and I bought a piece of nice bloodwood a while back so I decided to frankenstein a bench! No metal in it either – it ended up being quite sturdy as you’ll see:
Top and legs are solid 2-1/4” black Walnut
There’s a 9/16” figured maple stripe along the backside of the top
The bloodwood serves as the vertical stabilizer leg-to-leg
2 large tenons atop the legs fit into corresponding mortises on the bottom of the seating surface, and the bloodwood is just one giant tenon, sanded down on each end to fit into the mortises on the legs.
Everything was sanded down to 400, and then the bloodwood was finished with 2 coats of tung oil and a high gloss poly, the maple sat in BLO until the figure jumped out nicely and the walnut got 2 coats of General Finishes Dark Walnut before the entire top got 5 generous coats of satin poly. Everything else I left alone.
This was my first solo project. I tried to keep it simple but elegant without going overboard. The bloodwood was pushing it for me, but in their room it jumps out JUST enough. My father’s a BIG guy (6’ 360ish lbs) and this bench didn’t blink when he sat dead center. That’s all I needed to know – now it’s in their room making their mornings easier. The area I designated as the “front” of the bench had a few good wide spaces of taper to make for comfortable sitting/standing so I didn’t have to route off a smooth corner. Enjoy!