|Project by Quoheleth||posted 04-09-2013 01:30 AM||851 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
Here’s my first fine furniture project – a pecan bench for my in-laws entryway to their house.
This started life as a large slab of rough-cut lumber, approx 6/4×10” x 10’, from a local sawmill. The plan was modified from a WOOD magazine plan in an issue from last summer. I wanted to utilize the live edge, and left about 1/4-3/8 of the cambium layer on the edge of the seat. Very subtle before it was finished, it really changed color with a coat of finish. You can see the “before” picture here:
The seat was assembled from two pieces using three biscuits to help keep things lined up while clamping. The legs were attached with wood pegs, floating mortice/tenon style. The rails were attached with floating mortice & tenons. The stretcher was a seperate piece of wood with beautiful multi-colored grain needing to be seen. It’s attached with floating dovetails to help lock it all in place. Final assembled size: 47” long; 18” high; 12” deep.
After sanding down to 400 grit, I applied two coats of polyeurathane with a foam brush, scuffing after each layer with steel wool, vacuuming, and wiping with mineral spirits. The final coat was wipe-on poly, applied with cotton cloth. I’m going to let it cure for a few days and then burnish it just a bit with cotton cloth.
There it is! Very pleased with it and I’m looking forward to delivering it to my in-laws in a few days.
-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill