|Project by danoaz||posted 06-10-2013 10:43 PM||1321 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Here is my first attempt at a simple red oak garden bench that She wanted for the backyard. I spent more time on the design than in actually making it because I had to take into account the tools I had (or didn’t have) and my novice skill level. I had posted an unfinished version to get everyone’s help on what to to with it for our hot Phoenix sun.
I finished it with two coats of Watco Danish Golden Oak Oil and then several coats of the Man-O-War Spar varnish.
One of many things I learned was that I ended up adding a center brace under the 3/4” slates because while it would hold a person it seemed a little too bouncy. The back slates are 1/2” and don’t get as much pressure with the top being 3/4” more for a thicker look. If I were to build another I would try to angle the back more. I wrapped the feet in copper and plan on getting some flat stones for its final resting place.
I told my wife she had to pick out a cushion and some pillows. I did the easy part.
Thanks for everyone’s help.
-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright