Benches #1: Blue Stain Pine Bench

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Blog entry by JohnnyCanuck posted 02-05-2021 05:15 AM 731 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Making a little bench for a mountain house in CO. Simple…just a 2 in. plank of blue stain pine over carbon steel legs. Legs are bar stock – 2.0 in. wide x 1/4 thick. I’ll attach via two lag screws dipped in wood glue.

Sanded via hand. 80/120/150.

Applied two coats Watco Danish Oil (Natural) about 2h apart.
24h after 2nd coat:

48h after 2nd coat.

I’ll apply Watco Wipe-On Oil-based poly next.

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#1 posted 02-05-2021 05:37 AM

That’s a beautiful piece of wood! Perfect for a cabin in the Rockies.

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#2 posted 02-05-2021 01:46 PM

Great. Loving that “live edge” look. Really beautiful.


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#3 posted 02-07-2021 02:04 AM

Waited 72h, put two coats of Watco WipeOn poly in satin. Lightly sanded with 320 before the 2nd coat (didn’t have any 220). Finish still feels a tad rough so will try another light sanding with 0000 wool or 320 sandpaper again.

Attached with 5/16 lag screws and Titebond III. Wasn’t sure what length. I had 1-1/2 and 2 in. lengths. Slab is 2 inches and thickness of steel leg assembly is 1/4 in. The 2 in. screws needed a 1-5/8 in hole and I was afraid to drill 1-5/8 in. holes for fear of leaving too little material on the top. 1-1/2 in. seemed too short.

I dunno if I did the right thing gluing the lag screws. Don’t have any plans to disassemble it…ever, so hopefully it will add some rigidity. I was worried the pine was so soft the screws might work themselves loose.

Another lesson-learned is I wish I’d tried to flame-broil the live edges. There’s some color where the bark peeled-off but I shoulda toasted it a bit to create more contrast – especially on the side that didn’t get as much worm damage.

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#4 posted 02-08-2021 02:27 AM

Man, I love this. I keep asking.. but where are you finding wood like this? Maybe it’s easier in Colorado.. I’m in Florida.

I’ve done literally thousands of epoxy floor coatings and do stains all day but I don’t know where to start with the wood.

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#5 posted 02-08-2021 05:10 AM

Jeremyd, thanks. Yeah, I imagine it’s much easier here because the pine bark beetle is killing so many of our pines. I believe this beetle is hitting pine trees in forests throughout the western U.S. Not sure what to tell you re getting some in FL.

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#6 posted 04-06-2021 07:48 AM

I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Thanks for sharing!

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#7 posted 04-23-2021 01:41 AM

Awesome! that wood is perfect for building a closet ! I love it!

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