Model Building Bench in Pine

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Project by oldguy2 posted 10-11-2018 02:26 PM 953 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend, our retired Pastor, asked me to design and build to a budget a model RR building bench. Now he is 6’2” so it took a moment with me to get him to determine the bench height also that he would be sitting on a stool and the one side open for working. Another feature, he knew he would be moving soon so it had to disassemble, so not a hard problem but plan for it. Its not one to get the slamming of hammers and maybe some stress. So for his cost $150 he got a pine panel 35 inch high by 25 wide by 62 in bench with carraige bolted legs.
I used 2 project panels from Lowes that would be 12 by 72 by 1 in, checked many for flat and edge and got a match. note the knots. I trimmed these and later biscuited the glued edge. A lot of sanding and light planing. To keep this flat I screwed on the edge boards 1×4 and hid the screws then used ( no photos of the underframe) 3 cross stretchers under and 2 pieces between each runner. this was pocket screws. The project panels are full inch so still take care. The L legs did rigid, the disassemble and bottom block to adjust to floors. With 3 2×4 blocks in each, I made the middle block to hold the stretcher. He had no plans for a shelf, but in another design it could be. I clamped the legs with the bench upside down and with a level ,to get the closest flat, to mark for the carraige bolts. each leg labeled for removal. Here comes the real joy of this job. the sanding and finish it shows. I shellaced the knots and top. then light steel wool. Now 5 coats of water base polyurathane. with buffing using a scotch pad between coats and tack cloth. I learned my lesson in patience and was rewarded. The medium gloss built with each coat and his smile was as good as ” its great looking. Wow” . I can see myself doing more pine projects and better finishes now.

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#1 posted 10-11-2018 04:12 PM

Looks really nice and he sure seems to agree. Finish is very nice.
Only change I would have made was to use a true carriage bolt with the round head instead of these hex-head bolts just to make sure there was less to scrape you as you walk around it.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 10-11-2018 05:15 PM

Nice looking table.

-- Rick M,

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