|Project by RHaynes||posted 04-15-2014 04:42 AM||722 views||1 time favorited||1 comment|
My MIL wanted a small bench for her birthday, something for people to use when putting on/taking off shoes. She loves oak. Almost all of their furniture, trim, and cabinets are oak. So I didn’t have to worry about wood choice, and the dimensions were provided by my FIL. My wife said she would prefer something simple, so Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture provided the general plan. It was nice just having to worry about the details and building it rather than the design phase. The downside was I only had a week and a half to pull it off. I already told my wife “no more projects with less than a 2-month turnaround time.” But it’s nearly done; the first coat of finish went on tonight and I don’t expect it to change much as the other two coats go on, so here are the pictures.
The finished project features 7/8” thick red oak panels, all with a 1” wide piece of sapele in the middle. The legs have a traditional curve cut out to create the “legs,” and the aprons and stretcher have a gentle curve cut in them for detail. It’s 20” wide and 18” tall. The legs are joined to the top with through-mortise-and-tenon joints. The aprons and stretcher were pocket-holed onto the legs and bench. I was going to do drawboarded tenons on the stretcher but simply ran out of time to mess with the joinery. It was sanded down to 220 (400 on the end grain), and then had a coat of tung oil wet-sanded in with 400-grit paper (600 on the end grain). It then got a coat of my BLO/Tung/Arm-R-Seal/mineral spirits blend. It will get two more coats of that next, a little lighter on the tung and BLO. Hope ya’ll like it and I REALLY hope she likes it—important to keep the MIL happy.
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