|Project by Thepps||posted 08-04-2011 08:30 PM||9470 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
Built this bench to add some seating to our backyard. I built it out of cedar from the May 2009 issue of Wood magazine, but customized it to fit around my tree. It sits right next to my kid’s playset that I built for him, so now we have a place to sit and watch him.
I used Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss for a finish. I found this varnish from a Fine Woodworker’s article. It’s supposed to be the best outdoor finish. Followed the instructions and sprayed seven coats on. Allowing 24 hours to dry between coats, it took over a week to finish! That’s a long time to not make any dust in the shop. But, I think it’s worth it. It feels like a piece of furniture, and dirt just wipes right off. The tree this is around is a mulberry tree, so I didn’t want the mulberries staining the bench by using a traditional exterior stain.
This was my first time using Epifanes, and I’ll be sure to let everyone know how it holds up over time.
-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL