|Project by Jeremy Greiner||posted 07-28-2012 04:48 AM||2066 views||6 times favorited||4 comments|
I made this bench a while ago right after Steve Ramsey made his video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaSHA_pgWQA I wanted to make it for my friend Dan for his Florida room (fancy talk for screened in porch). I made it, but his wife couldn’t decide on a color to paint it so it sat in my garage. She wanted to wait until they closed on a new house they wanted to buy and have it painted to match. I planned on making a matching set of chairs and an end table as well, but I didn’t want those sitting in my garage too so I held off on that. Last weekend I decided that I’d keep this bench myself and put it on my front porch. I can make him a new one when he gets his house :)
I milled the 2×4’s down to 1 1/4’’ thick so I had flat wood to work with, I also tapered the legs and rounded the ends of the arm rest and back of the bench (you can see this best in picture 4). I used pocket screws everywhere like Steve did, but I didn’t brad nail the slats down to the base. My original plan was to remove the seat of the bench and just varnish it with no paint while I painted to rest so it would have a contrasting color. Well this was a very difficult thing to do. Once I removed it I determined it was pretty impossible to get it back into place without damaging the paint so I removed the blue tape and got the seat back in (with a lot of help from my Dad who was visiting last weekend).
I sprayed with my HVLP machine again, which certainly made it fast .. but I thinned the latex paint too much. My original recipe I found online that I mentioned in a previous blog post had the orange peal problem (which I thought was the latex paint until I just watched a finishing DVD I borrowed from my wood workers guild). I learned that I just needed to thin the mixture more .. so I reversed the paint and water based poly ratio.
So this time I used:
10 oz paint
5 oz flotrol
20 oz water based poly
It was way too thin, I had problems with not getting enough paint on the bench which made me want to spray too much which caused runs .. etc.. I did 2 containers of this mixture .. so 70oz of paint/poly and it still wasn’t thick enough to cover up the words on the fir stripping that you can see through the white paint. I did about 7 coats and it just wasn’t enough paint .. but really I should have not been lazy and sanded them off.
I learned another way NOT to spray poly/latex but I think I’m getting closer .. I had no orange peal effect this time. Next time I will also paint the slats before attaching them, or I’ll have to brush paint it. Trying to get into those cracks with the spray gun just doesn’t work very well.
Overall, the bench sits flat with no wobble, and it holds a person (generously tested by my younger sister in the second picture who was visiting yesterday and today) without collapsing. What more can you ask for right?
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