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Project by Mottom posted 2262 days ago 1935 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New England winters beat the tar out of good wood, so lacking adequate storage I decided to build something on the cheap that could be left outside (and that I wouldn’t feel too guilty about). I built the first for the neighbors who wanted a 2-seater w/ a table; then my wife wanted a 5-foot bench in a dark red stain; finally, the neighbors on the other side wanted a 7-footer that all four of them could sit on (2 adults + 2 kids). They’re nothing special, but each one was a fun exercise – to see if something “purdy” could be made with 2 by 4’s. They are constructed with screws dowels and glue. The only regret I had was that the red and brown benches did not take stain well (even with the use of a conditioner) – I guess that’s a hazard of fir. All told, I think we have about $125 total in the three benches.

-- New to the craft and loving every minute!





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flink

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#1 posted 2262 days ago

Hi Mottom,

I really like your furniture, especially the two-seater with the table. What did you use for the finish on these pieces?

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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Mottom

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#2 posted 2262 days ago

Used Minwax glos poly on all three. Clear poly on the first. The two stained benches, I used Minwax poly with gel stain, which I don’t recommend for 2×4’s; even with conditioner, the gel stain doesn’t absorb evenly.

-- New to the craft and loving every minute!

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#3 posted 2262 days ago

Those look nice! I tell you what, the 2×4’s in your area have a LOT less knots than the ones in my area! I would have to step up to Select Pine 1×4’s to get that kind of quality @ about 3X the price. Nice job.

The best finish I’ve managed for pine was shellac sanded and then stained twice and finished with Spar Poly. The shellac kept the stain from absorbing at all so it was consistent but vulnerable to damage.

-- Mark

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Ad Marketing Guy - Bill

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#4 posted 2262 days ago

GREAT looking benches and fantastic use of 2×4’s – Curious did you surface plane the 2x?? -because they really look stellar. NICE Post

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#5 posted 2262 days ago

These are nice benches. You did a pretty good job with these. At one time I would have been surprised by something like this but after seeing the projects posted here for the 2×4 contest the quality and type of projects that reside inside a common 2×4 is simply amazing.

Nice project. Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Mottom

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#6 posted 2262 days ago

Bill,
No surface planing, though I did cheat by using some 1×4’s for the slats. I just sanded everything down to 220 before finishing. I think I did anger the lumber manager at Home Depot though because I picked through about 4 pallets of 2×4’s to get the ones I wanted. I’m stubborn (anal) that way.

-- New to the craft and loving every minute!

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#7 posted 2262 days ago

these all look great…you stuggled with the red bench (finishing) but it does not show in the photo…it llooks grreat…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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jjohn

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#8 posted 2262 days ago

You would never know that the finish didn’t do what you wanted it to. Great looking 2×4 benches.

-- JJohn

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#9 posted 2262 days ago

Shipmate, AWESOME work, thanks again for a great retirement gift!! After Japan you need to come back to Whidbey Island and we can kick around some saw dust!! Talk to you soon.

DiGi
HMCM, USN, RET

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#10 posted 2262 days ago

very nice benches indeed

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Bradford

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#11 posted 2262 days ago

They look great to me.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 1488 days ago

i am impressed with your furniture do you use plans or design your own plans i like that 2 seater bench its really good

-- Bryant north carolina

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#13 posted 1488 days ago

Good job and happy wife an neighbors are good too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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