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Bench with three cubbies

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 645 days ago 942 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.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas





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whitebeast88

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#1 posted 645 days ago

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

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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thecarpentershands

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#2 posted 645 days ago

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

-- Brian M. Sharpe - http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCarpentersHands

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 644 days ago

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

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