Garden Bench: Episode 4
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Paul starts by cutting and shaping the spindles. He then completes a dry-run assembly of all the major pieces of the bench. Confident that everything is fitting well, Paul works on housing the central support rail in the front and back rails. He then cuts and shapes the arches on the back support and the front and back rails.
Have you got any tips or instructions on following the curved line with the saw so beautifully?
Paul recommends practise for this.
Looks like there is a typo on the drawing for the middle support. It is listed as 3 1/2″ and 64mm wide, but 64mm is 2 1/2″. If I make the middle support 3 1/2″, after shaping the arch for the long rail there would only be 1/2″ of material left for a ledge of support. Based on the video, it looks like the middle support is 2 1/2″ not 3 1/2″. Is that correct?
This has been a very enjoyable project to work on – the largest piece I’ve made yet. I’m so close to having it complete now. 🙂
Thank you for letting us know, we will get this updated!
I suppose the spindles could have been shaped with a draw knife. From what I gather looking at the websites, the chair makers usually use a draw knife for the spindle work.