Bench with three cubbies

  • Advertise with us
Project by MT_Stringer posted 10-17-2012 10:26 PM 1587 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request to build a bench with three cubbies. The client specified black, so black it is. Really looks good in the light. Tough to take a pic of something really black.

I have a second one ready to assemble. Both were cut from one sheet of 3/4” Red Oak. I bought some red oak boards to rip the edge banding and I used 1/2 inch Baltic Birch for the back.

Dados, rabbits and a few pin nails help hold it together along with some pocket screws on the underside.

I used Transtint Black Dye 6023. Basically I used almost 2 oz per bench. I mixed it with a 50/50 mix of Denatured alcohol and lacquer thinner. Boy that stuff dries fast. I think it took about 6 coats to get the deep black look.

Next, I sprayed on a 80/20 mix of Zinzers Bulls Eye Seal Coat 100% dewaxed shellac and lacquer thinner. After the second coat, I sanded with 320 grit paper, then hit it again with another coat.

Finally, after sanding once more, I sprayed several coats of Deft Clear Wood Finish thinned lightly with lacquer thinner. It turned out really nice.

She is going to make the cushion.

Hope you like it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

3 comments so far

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 2312 days

#1 posted 10-17-2012 11:08 PM

great job mike.the client is really gonna be turned out nice.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View thecarpentershands's profile


80 posts in 2319 days

#2 posted 10-18-2012 12:01 AM

This is cool. I’ve been wanting to do a project with oak painted black. It really looks nice! God bless!

View MT_Stringer's profile


3173 posts in 3353 days

#3 posted 10-18-2012 02:40 AM

Thanks. Spraying the dye with a HVLP gun (Harbor Freight model) worked great. Each coat made the wood a little darker. That made it easy to see the black finish. It actually kinda looked flat black until I started spraying on the Seal Coat. Then the color started to pop. The Deft is a clear finish and that just made it shine that much more. I really like the Deft because it dries fast. I would spray a coat, take a break and get a drink, kick the cat, and it was time to spray again! :-) (Just kidding about the cat part! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics