Outdoor Sitting Bench – The Wood Whisperer

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A Design Train

A seemingly easy outside sitting bench can function a superb studying software for design. To do it’s job, a bench actually solely must have legs and a prime. However there are such a lot of issues we will do inside these preliminary practical design necessities to make the piece lovely, elegant, and worthy of your effort and time. On this venture video, I’ll present you ways I begin with a primary design after which kick it up a notch with some easy modifications.


mortise-tenon-jointAs designed, the bench incorporates forty six mortise and tenon joints! All it is advisable to make them is a router and a desk noticed, plus a number of hand instruments for finessing. Whereas there are definitely different instruments and strategies we might have used for these joints, my aim was to point out you that it’s attainable to get the job executed utilizing the basics and a Hybrid Woodworking strategy. Because the undertaking will reside outdoors, I used an outside-pleasant glue for all the meeting: Titebond III.

The End

outdoor-finishingI’ve used a whole lot of totally different outside finishes through the years with various ranges of success. There’s one specific end technique that I wish to name “bulletproof” and it includes using an epoxy sealer adopted by a marine varnish. The sealer is a 2-half epoxy referred to as CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer). This materials is considerably distinctive in its software nuances so comply with the directions rigorously. I apply two coats. After the epoxy, I change over to Epifanes Clear Varnish. The key’s to use the varnish whereas the epoxy continues to be curing and the varnish layer will adhere aggressively to the epoxy. CPES is designed to remedy slowly so after an in a single day drying interval, you need to nonetheless be inside the curing window and may transfer onto the varnish. Two coats of Epifanes clear (diluted 50% with mineral spirits) ought to do the trick.

applying-varnishIf you need a shiny end, apply two further coats (or extra) to create a considerable varnish movie that ought to present a substantial amount of safety. For those who’re like me and also you don’t very similar to the tremendous shiny look, you’ll be able to comply with up with a pair coats of Epifanes Woodfinish Matte. I dilute the stuff by about 10% with mineral spirits simply to make it simpler to brush on. By the best way, I sand between each coat of this complete course of with 320 grit paper simply to take away any lumps and bumps.

The Finish Outcome

outdoor-sitting-benchPersonally, I feel the fancier model of the bench has quite a bit going for it. What was sq. and blocky now has a contact of magnificence and style. The modifications aren’t loopy apparent, however they provide the bench that sure one thing that the primary model lacked. I’m positive numerous people will like the primary model higher and that’s completely nice. All of us have totally different tastes and probably the most I can do is talk about my very own opinions and the logic behind them. I encourage you to develop your personal design opinion and train them as a lot as attainable.

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