I haven't either, though I did wrap up the bench I made for my Dad for Christmas.
In the coming weeks I'll share more of the build and I'm working on a video showing my method for reinforcing the bench seat. In the mean time, here's a brief photo essay of the bench build.
Don't forget, now that Christmas is over, there's still time to share the gifts you made as part of the +Modern Woodworkers Association Last Minute Elf contest. You can read all about it here. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be entered.
I hope you enjoyed your Christmas build as much as I did.
|In order to flatten the bench seat, I hot glued it to a piece of melamine and ran it trough the planer.|
|Here is the bench leg, also hot glued to a piece of melamine, midway through being flattened.|
|In order to get two parallel ends, I eyeballed a chalk line roughly centered down the middle, then cut the ends perpendicular to the chalk line.|
|Dovetailing is a messy thing.|
|Dry fitting the let and seat.|
|Filling the large knot in the leg with epoxy.|
|Cutting the leg to length.|
|Routing the slots in the bottom of the seat to receive the reinforcement.|
|Ready for reinforcement.|
|Trimming the two walnut legs to exactly the same length by gang cutting them.|
|Transferring the seat location onto the walnut legs with the dovetailed leg.|
|Dry fitting the walnut legs and arm prior to joinery.|
|Routing the walnut leg joint.|
|The finished joint, cleaned up with a chisel.|
|Fitting the first walnut leg.|
|Cutting miters on one of the walnut legs.|
|The threaded rod reinforcement is epoxied in with Gorilla Glue epoxy.|
|After sanding off the excess epoxy.|
|Cutting the angles on the leg stretcher.|
|A scrap is clamped to the bottom of the bench seat for use as a domino fence.|
|The walnut leg miter joints are dominoed.|
|Determining the walnut leg to bench seat fastener size.|
|Dying the epoxy.|
|Black dyed epoxy makes for pretty knots.|
|The bench during clamp up.|
|The assembled bench.|
|Plugging the screw holes.|
|The dovetailed leg joint, prior to shaping.|
|The dovetailed leg joint after initial shaping.|
|The completed dovetailed leg joint.|
|I finished the bottom with four coats of lacquer first.|
|The top received six coats of lacquer.|
|The finished bench.|
|The finished dovetailed leg to seat joint.|
The finished walnut leg to arm joint.