|Project by Mark||posted 04-21-2013 09:17 PM||1310 views||3 times favorited||15 comments|
This bench was requested by my daughter-in-law as a “time out” seat for my grand kids. I prefer to call it a “meditation bench” where they can reflect on their latest miss direction. I had been putting this off because my main passion is woodturning on a lathe but after a recent disappointment on while turning (nearly completed vase blew apart) I felt like doing my first flat board project (going to what I call ” the dark side” for a day).
I had a board glued together that I was going to turn as a platter or could have been used for a cutting board that I decided to use as the seat. I made the frame from what I believe is white oak that had some nice figure in it. This project is 12” H x 11” W. I used Danish oil as a finish, end grain really soaking it up. Final finish I may use wipe-on poly (is this the right coating for something like this?) You guy’s are welcome to give me advise on what I could have done to improve this piece.
I did enjoy the project and learned a few things in the process.
1. Need more clamps! It sure takes a few on this flat board stuff.
2. Should have taken more time in marking out the dowel holes, to make them more uniform in spacing.
3. First time at using a wood burning tool, it is a slower process than I anticipated. I learned to pick the tip up for a few seconds to let it reheat up and move the tool slow.
4. Flat board work (the dark side) can be enjoyable and got my mind off of my latest vase that is now firewood (see pic #6) well the light is calling me back to my lathe for now but I will try more flat /square stuff in the future.
-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun