My first bench

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Project by 1countryboy posted 04-16-2013 03:26 AM 1373 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first bench. All the lumber used was scrap rough sawn oak so everything had to planed and cut to width. I learned a lot and I’m already planning my next one. My wife did the wood burning and helped me with the stain and coating. We used thompsons water seal over the stain to help protect it and although its not bad I wasn’t all that impressed with it. Will try something else next time. I think considering I had no plans it came out pretty good. Also my jointer went out in the middle of this project so had to use my router and table for my straight edges. Any criticism is appreciated.

-- You don't have to be good, just be good at hiding your mistakes.

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 05:15 AM

Very solid looking. Good first project.

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 05:28 AM

Anything made with scrap lumber is a bonus, and you made this look nice. Kudos to the wife with the burning also. Nice to have extra storage in the yard / patio. I’ve tried various finishes on outdoor stuff…..spar urethane, Thompson’s, etc. The BEST luck I’ve had is with Varathane Spar Polycrylic (water base) It has held up much better than the oil base. This was on cedar and poplar that I used to make a couple of bar stools. Good luck, and keep sharing the work.

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 12:16 PM

Well done!! Looks great. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 02:20 PM

Your bench looks very nice. I like the overall look, especially the angled back supports and the wood burning scroll work. Welcome to LJs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 02:23 PM

Looks pretty good to me for first project keep up the good work

-- Bryant north carolina

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#6 posted 04-16-2013 10:30 PM

very nice,great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 04-17-2013 01:12 AM

Good lookin bench! It’s always a good feeling to be able to use something you make.

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 01:57 AM

I think it looks good , has funtion and it’s solid . An added bonus that you and your wife combined on the effort . Nice job all around .

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#9 posted 04-17-2013 02:26 AM

great looking bench
and welcome to LJs

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 04-17-2013 02:29 AM

heres a site with some neat benches ans stuff , i made the boot bench its kinda like yours

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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