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Forum topic by Nicholas Dillon posted 08-03-2009 06:46 AM 1137 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nicholas Dillon

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08-03-2009 06:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pine finishing

My wife wants me to build an outdoor bench for her parents for the holidays. A couple of issues that I have are money and tools.

I am new to woodworking and have a limited budget. The only shop tool I have is a router table that I built. And of course a drill, jigsaw, sander, hand saws, etc. So I am limited to mostly buying precut wood. Although I am hoping to talk the wide into letting me get a bandsaw soon.

As for wood I am plannig to use Southen Yellow Pine, treated and painted. I want to use cedar, but again the budget will not allow it. I think it should hold up pretty well. My questions concern the finishing part.

What steps would you suggest taking in the finishing process prior to and maybe even after a couple coats of paint.

Thank you.

-- My workshop is a 8 x 8 shed! No Joke!

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#1 posted 08-03-2009 07:58 AM

Is this just a plain bench or does it include a back? Either way hand tools should work fine. I’m surprised that yellow pine is that much more cheaper than cedar. I would assume you will use 2” thick material so you can either bolt it together or use corrosion resistant deck screws for assembly. Finishing is pretty basic. A good oil base primer and a couple of coats of an exterior acrylic house paint should do it. If you want a more natural wood look use a good wood deck sealer. The paint should last longer; the deck sealer will need renewing every 2 years unless you keep the bench inside when not being used.
Be sure paint all the pieces before final assembly (that includes any bolt holes) so there are no raw wood areas in the joints that could absorb moisture (rain) and rot.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 08-03-2009 04:09 PM

It is a garden bench with a full back. The slats are mortises and joint. But I can do that with the router table and a chisel.

The pine here in SC is about half the cost of cedar.

-- My workshop is a 8 x 8 shed! No Joke!

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