|Project by T. D. Reid||posted 06-20-2012 12:02 AM||1181 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
A couple weeks ago my dad was telling me that he needed me to cut some new slats to replace ones that had rotted on his park bench that sets out front of the house. He needs a hip replacement (next week) and is usually in enough pain that he doesn’t sleep all night so he sits out front on the old bench until the paper is delivered. Well I have a pretty great dad, my biggest fan and I figured it was time to build him a new bench.
At one time I bought a book because it had an antique garden bench in it from Vermont that I really liked so I bought the book planing to build it one day. One day came in the way of a Father’s day this year! I wanted to build it out of Locust but my sawyer didn’t have any but recommended Red Elm for it strength, rot resistance and it turns out that it’s a really pretty wood.
Now on my blog I got a few doubts from a couple of friends about using the square cut nails. But, keep in mind that it is a antique reproduction and that is how the original was built. If you follow any of my builds in the past you know that I do a lot of research before I build and I really like to stay with the original style/design as much as possible and this time is no different.
The bench is six feet long with a 14 3/4” seat comprised of three boards clued up. It was really a straight forward build with six through tenon and six blind tenon joints in the 6/4 thick legs. I finished it off with six coats of spar varnish and a good coat of wax.
I surprised my pop by dropping it off in the middle of the night so it was there on Father’s day when he went to wait for the paper boy. He said its sits really good. Cheers!
-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd