|Project by bonobo||posted 04-11-2013 06:28 AM||3024 views||22 times favorited||15 comments|
In googling for hall bench designs, I came across a fair number of pine benches with the label “Hungarian Box Bench”. I haven’t seen any examples here in Canada but it looked like a good second furniture project and I was able to find enough online photos to figure out the basic construction. It was also an opportunity to practice new techniques like sliding tapered dovetails and draw-bored tenons. Draw-boring was the most fun, in that I used longish, gently tapered pegs to assemble it loosely and then walked around it, smacking the pegs tighter.
The legs act a little like breadboard ends to keep the 1×12s flat. There may be issues with wood movement in the future but I found enough surviving examples to be reasonably confident that it’ll hold together. Most of the joinery is very forgiving. The armrests are just scabbed together and shaped with a plane and rasp (you can find more adventurous examples online), the bottom ship-lapped boards are nailed into place and the backrest is assembled separately and attached with screws.
It’s all pine – a clear joist from the home centre and select pine 1×12s. It’ll get painted when the weather gets a bit warmer.
My big takeaway from this project is that only using hand tools means I need to be more realistic about the time necessary to complete projects (I have a tendency to WAY underestimate).
-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain