Craftsman built-ins #11: Hall Bench and completion!

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Blog entry by mountainaxe posted 08-05-2013 08:23 PM 2607 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Pilasters Part 11 of Craftsman built-ins series Part 12: Bathroom Chest of Drawers »

I completed my final built-in Craftsman style project…a tall hall bench. I found plans in an old Woodsmith magazine and modified it to suit my overall idea. The plan itself was easy enough to follow, but since I was building it in, I avoiding the fussy mechanism for attaching the top. I was also able to use pine and 3/4” plywood as I was painting. The hall bench turned out nice and helps define the entry way by our front door. It also provides quite a lot of storage.

The final step was to put a finish oil base paint on everything. I have been procrastinating because I’m not a great painter. Finally, I got some help from a friend of mine who had a sprayer and knew what he was doing. We spent a day prepping…caulking, masking, etc. The final product turned out great. I’m going to let the paint harden for a few days and then put everything back on the shelves. Overall the set of projects took me about 9 months to complete and cost under $1K. My wife is pleased…and therefore, so am I! Now she wants some built-ins made for the master bath. Oh well…back the the shop…

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 08-05-2013 09:41 PM

Excellent workmanship, (craftsmanship), you turned that room into a masterpiece.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 01:20 AM

painted finish on it looks awesome!

Question – what did you use to seal the knots? Shellac? Caulk?

-- Steve

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#3 posted 08-06-2013 01:29 AM

I primed with two coats of ZinsserBin. It’s got a shellac base that seals the knots and stops any movement due to moisture change (which is problematic with pine). It’s expensive, but worth it. I found it also helps to harden the surface of the pine and definitely provides a good foundation for final paint.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 02:57 AM

awesome, thanks!

-- Steve

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#5 posted 08-07-2013 03:31 AM


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