Build Project #3: A Bench for Our….

In my year of woodworking projects, a lot of it is learning.  And I’m learning that wood glue can be pretty daggum messy.

My 3rd project of the year is a bench.  I haven’t yet figured out where this will go.  It may go in our room as a place to sit while putting on shoes.  It may go in my wife’s classroom for her to use as a reading bench.

I have to admit, I didn’t get as many pictures of the build process this time.  The reason – well, a lot of this build was gluing and sanding.  That’s not exactly the most exciting stuff in the world.

The goal:  turn this stack of wood (well, part of it) into a beautiful bench.

Using only 1x3s and 1x2s, I was able to achieve this.  First I had to cut out the legs.  I did this by gluing and screwing some boards together:

While I was working on this project, I had a few visitors:

Sand Hill Cranes are a truly beautiful species.  They make one of the most amazing sounds of any bird I’ve ever heard.  They also mate for life, and return to their home each year.  Josie calls them Sandy and Bill.

Like I said, I didn’t get many shots of the build itself, but here’s the final product.  I used Watco Danish Oil for a finish.  Man, that stuff is messy, but it ends up making things look amazing:

 

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