|Project by PaBull||posted 04-24-2012 04:40 AM||2569 views||2 times favorited||21 comments|
A couple of years ago a guy at a garage sale gave me a couple of pine slabs. They were about 6’ by 18” by 2” thick. We used them for around our fire pit and just put them on plastic crates. This worked fine for years. But not any more. My second daughter is getting married (I mentioned this earlier in another post) and this bench needs to be official and nice, but primitive. So they came to me. I had to fix it. And believe me this is one of the easier tasks.
So from some pallet wood (my favorite kind) I cut some 2 1/8” square stock by 17” long. On the tablesaw I put a 45 bevel on it to give it a little bit of a rounder shape.
I bought a 2 1/8” forstner bit, this was the most expensive part of this project. I drilled the four holes in the slab in a 95 degree angle. (see pic #2)
Next I took the forstner bit and used it to mark a 2 1/8” circle on the end of the stock for the legs. (see pic#3) This would give me an exact outline to follow.
The next step is VERY exciting for me. I own a draw knife, but never had a purpose for it. With the draw knife I was getting close to my Forstner bit marking, but not hitting it. (see pic #4) With a spoke plane I finished it to the line perfectly. (see pic#5)
Next is a saw cut with the band saw for the wedge.
After that, I installed the leg in the hole, put the wedge in the sawcut, and beat it home. Now the cut for the wedge needs to perpendicular to the grain. (see pic#6)
After that I cut off the waist at the top end flush with the bench, and use my Stanley 9 1/2 to get at all the way perfect.
Thanks for visiting with me.
And one thing I was wondering about, in the rain and the sun, what do I do with that end grain…..
-- rhykenologist and plant grower