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  • #600435
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    @selva: I didn’t have the squeak problem with either one of the ones I built. Are you using a full 1″ board for the slats? I’m thinking the standard 1x from the local big box store may not be strong enough as they are only 3/4″. I used a planned down 2x so I got the full 1″. You might add another support in the middle instead of the one if your going to use thinner material.

    BTW, I wouldn’t give your sitting friend anymore of that wine. He looks a little looped… ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll be starting another one soon..

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #595728
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    That’s a great looking Bench Selva. Nothing to be bashful about there. This is one of the fun projects and I am so glad Paul did this project. I started on my 3rd one this week and I have a paying order for one made from Oak.

    There were a couple of things I did a bit different from the project series. In the center support, I used through tenons and wedged them with a walnut wedge.

    The other thing that I did was use Kreg Jig and pocket screws instead to hold the slats down.

    I like the beefy look of the thicker boards. I used 2×6 but planed them down to just over 1 inch. I may go with 1 3/8 on the next one.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #588419
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    Ian, that’s a good looking bench. You’ll enjoy that for years to come.

    Finnishing is one of my least loved activities although it should be a priority for this one since it is going to live outside.

    I’ve never used Marine varnish but I may have to give that a try. I’d also considered a preasure treated runner on each side to sit the legs on to keep it safe from moisture coming up from the ground.

    I do like what Paul said though about letting it go back to nature. But I think I’ll extend the life of mine with a little finish.

    Thanks for sharing the picture.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #587903
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    Selva, I actually had fun sizing the spindles (Vertical slats). Drilling the test hole in a piece of scrap to test the size as you go is key to success. I used coin just as Paul did in the video and it worked out perfect. When I put the back together everything fit up great. I just thought about something though. Paul split his stock instead of cutting it to the ruff size. I suppose that was to get the grain as straight as possible along the center of the spindle. I sawed mine and haven’t had any trouble so far. I may split mine on the second bench.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #587896
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    Yes the draw bore pins did hit one of the other mortises. A long as you drill and install the draw pins for the end assemblies first the pins for the front rails don’t know the difference. I’m on my second bench and haven’t had any issue with this so far.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #587812
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    I started my second Garden Bench this week end. Man am I teaching myself by making mistakes… careful when driving in the draw bore pins.. Pine breaks out pretty easy.. Dang it!.. But it was fixable. My granddaughter should have a new garden Bench by next week.. BTW.. I didn’t apply any finish on mine. I’m going to let it age and darken a bit and then maybe put some polyurethane on it.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #580820
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    I had thought about making one even smaller for specialized tools. Good work on that one. It looks good!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #580815
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    Selva, I used the draw bore pins just like Paul did in the videos. I didn’t have any issues other than my mistakes (Hey, even Paul says ooooops now and then) The pine it’s self worked out just fine. I’m having some Oak cut at the mill to make the next one! it’s really fun to build!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #577392
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    I mentioned in a reply to another post yesterday that either system is accurate. I prefer imperial because it’s my base knowledge. When I see Metric, I have to convert it to imperial for it to make sense to me. My wife grew up in Europe and she is just the opposite. Of course we don’t get into the discussions about which is better.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #577342
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    I finally got it done. It was labor intensive but I learned a lot from this project. My first bench is made from Spruce but the next one will be Oak. This one may go in front of my shop when I get the porch built. Have you ever been working and say to yourself’ “that is why Paul said to do it this way”? Then I throw that piece in the burn pile an make it over. Well this one is done and I’m considering the finish.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    #571712
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    The chest looks great. I like the additional drawers. Good design. I made the chest but wanted two deeper side by side drawers. Keep up the good work!

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #571696
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    I have a couple of WS saws and they work fine for me. The story I ready about WS is that Diston sold a license to this company to make saws but Diston didn’t like the quality so he wouldn’t let them put his name on them. Diston must have been pickier than I am because they are just as good a saw as the Diston ever was. Could have been some politics in it too. Your handle looks great and I bet you’ll be sawing for years with that one.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #554120
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    That looks great. I see you didn’t do the lower shelf. I made one but didn’t like the way it looked. I may play around with a different style shelf later but for now, it sits behind the couch and we love it.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #554119
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    If I were making this for an elderly person, I would consider Pauls Step ladder project. It give a lot of stability and lots to hang onto. Or… just a dumb thought, you might consider bringing the items that she has to climb for, down to her level so she doesn’t risk a fall from any style stool or ladder. Other than that your stool looks great.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #554117
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    I’s funny how these little errors can be missed. The winding sticks should still work fine and if a person didn’t know the dots should have been centered who cares! Looks like you have a functional set of winding sticks. I made a boo boo on a cabinet I was building several years ago. I had posted pictures of this thing all over the place. I was looking at the picture one day and said “Son of a….” See if you can find my mistake. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

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