Plywood template-cut rocking bench.

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Blog series by Fridgecritter updated 03-02-2013 03:19 AM 3 parts 12562 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Sort of a late entry...

12-27-2012 04:31 PM by Fridgecritter | 2 comments »

I started this project because I saw a really cool contemporary rocking bench on the internet, and wanted to tweak the design a little so it fit my wife’s needs. The original design was a bit low to the ground for our taste. Here is the original design: So I thought about how I would do the same chair, only a little higher off the ground. I knew I wanted the grain of the plywood to show vertically as you are looking at the...

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Part 2: The sealer is on, brace added to the back rest.

01-27-2013 06:45 PM by Fridgecritter | 3 comments »

The bench is almost done! I added another plywood layer to each of the legs for support, and I added an accent piece to the back of the back rest for decoration and support. I had to counter-sink the holes on the sides of the bench where the threaded rod spans the length of the bench because the rod wasn’t long enough to protrude beyond the added layer of ply. I also decided to route the edges of the legs, both on the outer and inner radius’. I really like the back accent piece...

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Part 3: First coat of epoxy

03-02-2013 03:19 AM by Fridgecritter | 1 comment »

Well, I decided to use epoxy after all, and it seems like it’s going to give the desired effect. I put a quart of epoxy on it for the first coat because I didn’t want it all to just run off the sides. After it dries I will put another quart on. It was surprisingly easy to work with, and had a pretty lengthy drying time. I used a flat block of wood to spread an even coat, and a foam brush to do the side parts. I ran a propane torch over the surface to take out the bubbles, which...

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