|Project by rodneyh||posted 05-28-2011 03:31 AM||3529 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
This bench started from a plan I found online. http://vintageinternetplans.com/windowseat.htm I added a back to make it a bit more formal. All of the joinery is M&T, except the cleats that the seat rests on. Learned a valuable lesson on this one regarding keeping thickness constant prior to cutting the tenons. Nothing that a bit of epoxy wouldn’t fix. Wood is QSWO. For the finish I used Jeff Jewitt’s recipe for Stickley Fayetteville. It includes a Transtint stain, sealer, gel stain to fill the grain, and 3 wiped on coats of varnish. On several past projects, the gel stain resulted in the grain being much to dark, almost black. Perfect for several Stickley finishes, but not Fayetteville. I substituted the General Finishes colonial maple for the recommended antique walnut, and got much better results. The grain is now a dark greyish brown, which much more closely matches the grain in the Stickley finish. It turned out great, and my wife loves it.