|Project by SouthpawCA||posted 08-01-2013 06:22 PM||1752 views||19 times favorited||10 comments|
This is the 3rd of the 3 Park Benches that I was commissioned to make. This, by far, is the best of the 3. With each bench I changed up the plan slightly. The first bench was made according to the plan found in Wood Magazine (June/July 2006). The 2nd bench I replaced the screws on the tenons instead using mahogany pegs which pulled the joints tight.
This last bench I eliminated the grove on the back upper and lower rails that was used to hold the slats and then insert small spacers. Instead I did complete mortise and tenon joinery. I did not use glue to hold the slats, but to keep them fairly secure from any sideways motion I used silicon. I’ve been testing this method out for awhile now without any adverse affects on the slats so I decided to use it on this bench. The silicon appears to give enough for any wood movement but will keep any water from getting into the mortise.
The bench is made of quartersawn white oak and mahogany. The finish is Olympic Maximum sprayed. I really liked this bench so I decided to not only place the brand and date it … I signed it. And, of course, there are the ever present shop dogs who were the first to jump and sit on it.
Now I think I’ll make one for myself.
Thanks for looking