Primative bench

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Project by lrob posted 02-19-2012 12:28 AM 1847 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a day project for my wife to display her small antique cabinets on. I used air dried rough pine lumber for the project. I used a water base barnboard stain for the finish. When the boards dry they are light barnboard gray. If you don’t put anything over the wood it will darked quit nicely.

I cut all the part to rough lenghs so I could square everthing up later. I edged the top and leg boards before gluiing. I use 2 biscuits in each leg and 3 biscuits for the top. After the glue had set I planed the bottom of the top and edged the top of the strechers to make everything fit flat. I cut the end of the strechers at 15 degees to give them are more finished look. I drilled the stechers about 5/8” deep with a 1/2” forsner bit so I could screw the strecher to the legs and hide them with a plug. I cut the plugs out of some of the rough lumber scraps. Then trimed them off on the band saw. I cut out the notches for the strechers in the legs for extra support on the top. After screwing the strechers to the legs with 1 5/8” sheetrock screws, I glued the plugs in the holes so they were flush and the grain line up. The top was secured through blind pocket holes though the strechers with 2 1/2” sheetrock screws. I didn’t plug those as they are on the bottom of the strechers. The dark spots on the top in the picture is the stain that hadn’t dried yet.

BOM: 1- Top 1”x 12”x 36” 2- Legs 1” x 9” x 16 1/2” 7- #10 biscuits 2- strechers 1” x 2 3/4” x 32” 8 – 1./2” X 5/8” wood plugs 8 – sheetrock screws 1 5/8” 6 – sheetrock screws 2 1/2”

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 12:36 AM

I never would have guessed this was a new build ,well done.


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#2 posted 02-19-2012 03:13 AM

Beautiful the way you were able to make new look antique, nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 05:25 AM

Nice project : )

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 05:29 AM

It took some reading to catch that it was new. Pretty cool and deliberate work. I took a stab at creating an antiqued tool box. Very rewarding. It`s a weird feeling when perfection is getting the right imperfection. You did a fine job.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 04:07 PM

Good job – I like checking out these 5-board benches, especially the simple ones like this. I hope to get one built this spring once I have some free time to actually do stuff, instead of looking at other people do stuff.

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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