Some past projects, #1: Benches

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Blog entry by Silverhill posted 04-29-2015 02:14 AM 1651 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just decided to take up wood working a little over a year ago due to health reasons. I could not continue with my past hobbies, so I decided to take up WW late in life. I know that I will never get the years of experience needed to accomplish what others do, but if I am having fun, so what? Fun is fun, at whatever level one is at. I work exclusively with pine or fir due to low cost and easy availability. I even use pocket hole screws, and pin nailers!

My first project was a basic 5 board bench. It was just an exercise in measuring and cutting accurately. My wife had given me a set of Forstner bits for Christmas, so with a jig saw and a circular saw, I built this bench for her little Poodle to stand on to see out of our dining room windows.

Next I built a variation of the 5 board bench by adding a back to it for our G-kids. The color was DIL’s choice. It looks like baby Jaxton likes it.

Another 5 board bench for a neighbor’s G- daughter, assembled with pocket holes and pin nails, to be painted.

Another variation on the 5 board bench, V3.0. This one is to be used as a photographic prop for someone that specializes in photoing children.

And finally my garden bench that became our back porch bench. I custom sized it’s seat height and arm rest height to be comfortable for me. Other than those changes, it is direct from the plan at i painted it to match the trim on our house, but will let the treated wood legs air dry before painting them later.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 05:14 AM

I love benches. I love your benches. Keep benching.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 09:45 AM

Thanks jumbojack.

You have some very nice projects posted.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#3 posted 05-01-2015 04:44 AM

You show put your pocket holes on the inside of the legs,looks better.but nice benches.

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#4 posted 05-01-2015 11:14 AM

daddywoofdawg—- thanks for the tip. I do put some on the inside, too. All of my benches are to be painted, so I plug the holes and all are invisible after painting.

I am not fond of stain and clear finish on pine, but if I was going to do that, I would not use pocket holes at all.

I make my own plugs with a jig that I made to cut them from dowel material.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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