|Project by Tom||posted 01-25-2012 03:38 AM||1718 views||10 times favorited||9 comments|
After looking on line for some ideas for a garden bench for my daughter, I got a couple of ideas and turned to Google Sketch Up to do the design. The bench is built of 4 by 4 Cedar, rough cut; 1 by 4 and 1 by 2 cedar and 2 by 4s all obtained at Home Depot. I had seen a few cupped or curved seat benches and this is what I came up with. There are a total of five 2 by 4 braces screwed to the 1 by 4s. The lower stretchers are mortise and tenon. The center braces are screwed. The seat slats are screwed and all screw holes are plugged. My plan was for it to be an outdoor bench so I finished it with 6 coats of spar varnish. But, my daughter thought it looked so good she will probably use it for seating in her house (she may be prejudiced). Had I known that, I would have sanded out the rough exterior on the legs. I might have used poly rubbing instead of the varnish. After I got into the project I realized I needed to allow rain water to drain off (again thinking it was to be outside) so I used some left over poplar as spacers to create the slated look. I really liked the look. I also used light pine plugs on the seat and dark cedar (taken from the left over 4 by 4s) for the sides and stretchers. Just a note: If you are drawing up your own projects, try the free version of Sketch Up!! It has saved me a few headaches when something I envisioned just wouldn’t work in real life! It takes a bit of getting used to, but the tutorials are good and once you have it down, it is pretty easy.
-- Tom in Spring Branch