|Project by Cory||posted 10-13-2011 05:32 PM||3572 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
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.
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