|Forum topic by yellabret||posted 466 days ago||892 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
466 days ago
a bit back i posted questions in the finishing forum on this project – my largest ever. from “pinterest” my wife and daughter found an idea and decided i should make a “wedding bench” for her wedding. basically you just make a bench, and your wedding guests sign it so you have their memento every time you enjoy a cup of coffee or a beer on your porch sitting on your bench.
so i just happened to have a cypress tree i milled a few months back – needs to be a light colored wood for signatures to show. i have slabs from well above ground milled and stacked to dry and and i had a trunk still waiting for me to decide what to do with it since it was too big for my friends mill. now a bench is a bench, all the ones you see when you google “wedding bench” are pretty basic, so of course i had to make the “Mother of All Wedding Benches”. after all its MY daughter! :-)
so here it is, i used buckets and barrels to set it up, then photoshopped all that out. the sides/legs are about the same size, the wide angle camera lens distorts it so the far side looks smaller but it isnt. the seat in the pic is 6’ long , 4”thick and 15” wide – but i think i will use another slab from the same log that is 7’ long and 18” wide and 3” thick, somehow i managed to get it in the attic by myself today so it should dry a bit faster in the coming long Texas summer.
from what i see so far cypress dries a lot faster than pecan. ;-). i plan to trace the end shape of the seat slab onto the face of the legs and router out that shape for a mortice and tenon joint, supported by lag screws drilled in from the outside of the legs into the end of the seat slab. fiitting the back will be a bit trickier, i may have the room to mount it directly to the legs, or can make a separate mounting piece. not a big issue.
this bench will weigh 300 lbs or so. lag screws are key so that it can be disassembled to be moved. i have to take it 140 miles to the wedding event, assemble it, let people sign, the take it apart and back home to do the finish, each piece separately.
the finish so far will be Waterlox Marine wiped on. then my son-in-law will lightly sand and reapply every 2-3 years. we have discussed this and he is on board….... ;-)
oh yeah – the back will be laser engraved with their family name and “est. 2013” etc…it will not be signed. i want signatures mainly on the legs and a few on the seat if needed.
any comments, good or bad, about what i may be doing right or wrong are appreciated. the wedding is in october, so i just rough cut the pieces to make sure there all fit and now they have to dry…i think the slabs will be fine, but the legs being so thick will not be dry at all, that would take 15 yrs. i am afraid, but with a Waterlox finish hopefully they will be sealed well and no issues. ???