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Blog series by Dubbs updated 12-09-2018 07:08 AM 7 parts 6479 reads 3 comments total

Part 1: Turning a very old rusted bench into a patriotic showpiece

11-03-2018 02:46 PM by Dubbs | 1 comment »

I picked this bench up off Craigslist for $10 wood was to far gone to save. Plan is to sandblast ends repaint them silver and do an American flag themed bench.

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Part 2: Tried a cheap harbor freight sandblaster but it was a fail so I sent ends out!

11-03-2018 04:53 PM by Dubbs | 0 comments »

After my harbor freight fail.. I found a local guy who sandblasted and primed the ends. Cost: $75 but came out very nice. I then sprayed them 3 coats of silver and 3 clear coats. My next step was to choose a wood? I planned this to be a very inexpensive project so after the expense of sandblasting I went with a very unpopular choice of poplar ($48).

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Part 3: Bought a small craftsman router/table combo and a couple roundover bits.

11-04-2018 08:44 PM by Dubbs | 0 comments »

I bought a router/table combo from sears ($100) and a couple roundover bits ($15 each). I rounded over the tops of all 13 slats then sanded them down. Then I dryfit them using 1/4 inch nuts as spacers. Had to drill new holes because most of the boards didn’t line up with current ones. Bought Ace hardware out of 1/4”x1.5” bolts nuts and washers for now (13). I’ll have to go back later for the rest. When all is said and done it will have cost me ($30)

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Part 4: Torched the slats then sanded them down to 320 grit. Stained the red stripes

11-20-2018 07:38 PM by Dubbs | 0 comments »

So I torched the slats in an attempt to make it look more rustic. Sanded them down to 320 grit. I found the poplar sort of burns blotchy or I’m just not too good at it yet. Had Hoe Depot mix up some blue and red stain for me. ($32) Also picked up oil based spa urethane high gloss (expensive.. but I told worth it.)I was able to get the union marked and taped and stained the red stripes! I think it came out pretty good. Cant wait to lay out the star stickers for the union. to b...

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Part 5: Layed out the union (kind of a pain) and stained it blue

11-22-2018 01:09 AM by Dubbs | 0 comments »

Came out pretty good! Can’t wait to spa urethane it!

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Part 6: First coat of spa urethane on!

12-01-2018 02:39 PM by Dubbs | 0 comments »

First coat of spa urethane is on and taking a while to dry. Have to do the back, sand and then second coat. Should look good when complete!

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Part 7: Final assembly bench is done!

12-09-2018 07:08 AM by Dubbs | 2 comments »

So second coat of spa urethane went on. Final assembly done! Bench came out pretty nice for my first real wood project. I learned a few things along the way and picked up some tools

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