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Bench for the end of our Bed

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Project by Cory posted 10-13-2011 05:32 PM 2441 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife was in a furniture store and saw a bench that she liked for the end of our bed. Like any good woodworker, I told her I could build it for way less than it would cost new. This was one of those very rare occasions were I wasn’t totally lying when I said it!

Overall dimensions are 72”w x 15”d x 26”t. The bench is made from poplar and birch plywood. The ends are approx. 2 1/4” thick and a lamination of 6/4 stock. Aprons are full 4/4. The bottom shelf is plywood. Everything is finished with General Finishes Java, followed by 5 coats of a homemade wiping varnish and paste wax. The cushion was a new experience for me, since I’ve never done anything remotely close to that before. It’s a sandwich of foam, lining, and fabric. Since all the wood was already in my pile, that represented the greatest cost in the bench by far. Overall it turned out pretty well. I think the next time I upholster anything I’ll do a better job, but this is passable. One tip if you’re going to upholster: get a power stapler. Trust me.

I’ve got one more house project to go, then I’m on to a bench build for the shop.

Thanks for looking.

Cory

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.





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MasterSergeant

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 05:52 PM

I like this very much, I have a similar need at our house. Thanks for sharing and the idea!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 06:17 PM

looks cool. the stain came out great. is the cushion stapled to a support board? or is it just a long cushion that rests on the bench?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Cory

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 06:19 PM

Thanks, Sharon. I agree. It came out better than I could have hoped for. I attached the cushion to the plywood base with spray adhesive. Then attached the batting to that with spray adhesive, then stapled the fabric to the plywood.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 06:24 PM

I like the design, it’s simple but elegant. How are the sides attached to the seat?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 06:25 PM

cool. you probably could have skipped all the spray adhesives though as the stapled top fabric would keep things tightly in place. any after thoughts?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 07:02 PM

Cory,

Stellar job, as usual, bud…...The bench looks like it was made just for that spot at the end of the sleepsack..

Just don’t get up in the middle of the night half asleep, and stump your toe..that hurts like hell…lol.

Beautiful finish, and it came out really nice….thanks for showing and posting it…....enjoy….!!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 07:25 PM

Cory
Great Job! I like the finish you put on the poplar. I have some Java in the shelf but, have never used it thinking it was too dark. I have project on the table now and I think I will use it on that project. Thanks for the project.

-- Robert, Mississippi, http://www.lunberjocks.com

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woodzy

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 07:48 PM

Ive said that before :)
The bench looks great.
Good on you for diving in to the upholstering!!

-- Anthony

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Cory

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#9 posted 10-13-2011 08:02 PM

amagineer: Joinery was quick and easy. I used pockethole screws for the frame and then screwed the frame into the uprights. The holes are oversized and I used #8 flat head screws with washers. There are several cross members that support the plywood base for the cushion. The cushion fits tightly, but I secured it with screws from below.

PurpLev: The upholstery part was new to me, so I made a few mistakes and went through more fabric than necessary. If I had it to do over again, I’d make sure to pay very close attention to the pattern on the fabric. The one my wife chose has a linear pattern. When I put it on the first time, I didn’t have it lined up straight so I had to rip it off and start over. I guess the other option is to get a fabric without a pattern. I also pulled the fabric too tightly across the top on my first go ‘round. On the second I didn’t stretch it nearly as much and the corners look much better.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Cory

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#10 posted 10-13-2011 08:03 PM

Rick: Thanks, as always. Unfortunately, your advice is a little too late! I’ve already bumped into the end of the bench twice…...I’m wishing I would have made it out of balsa wood!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 08:15 PM

Well, that’s me…..a day late, and a dollar short….but I did try to warn you…but not in time…lol.

One thing about balsa wood….kick it once, and it’s done for….that’s why they use it in the cowboy movies..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#12 posted 10-13-2011 08:31 PM

Nice piece.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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