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Not long ago me and the wife topped off the garden area with some bird houses. She likes having the birds around and hopefully with any luck we will get some birds. So, I made three bird houses and mounted them on top of 4"x4" posts. Our garden area is basically hazelnut (off-white), so everything was pre-painted by us before doing this. The houses were easy to build. They just have a 1"x2" frame... Read More

Time to add the finish layer to the bench seat. Normally, I would do this after painting but since this bench has ornate curves, that is difficult to do. Each board has been cut to fit. Otherwise, I would paint then stain the seat are and attach it after the fact. I had some #2 red oak left over from a job from years ago. I always thought oak flooring on a bench or chair would be nice. Well, here... Read More

Next, I'll build the framework for the seat. I'm using 1"x4" pine (It's what I had laying around), although this is what I'd use anyway. Since the front of the bench legs are pointing out slightly, I'll get my width measurement from the back where the legs are attached to the headboard. I can't remember off hand what my measurement was but I'll cut two boards at this length. After stapling the fi... Read More

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Bed To Bench P05 Seat Build
Bed To Bench P05 Seat Build

Time to add the finish layer to the bench seat. Normally, I would do this after painting but since this bench has ornate curves, that is difficult to do. Each board has been cut to fit. Otherwise, I would paint then stain the seat are and attach it after the fact.


I had some #2 red oak left over from a job from years ago. I always thought oak flooring on a bench or chair would be nice. Well, here was my chance.


First, I needed to do the outside edge and since I didn't have any bullnose, so I had to use the router to make a nice edge. I did an overhang of 2" because I wanted a nice piece underneath that outside piece. After getting those on, from there it's as simple as adding board after until covered. If you give this a try, Make sure the tongue is well in the groove. You'll notice that before installing the last piece, I took some clamps and squeeze the boards together to close any remaining gaps.


While clamped I nailed it into place. I didn't use any glue on the bottom or in the groove but you can if you like. Just make sure you still nail/staple everything into place before removing the clamps. After that, I ripped my last piece and cut it to length. I also ripped the tongue off just to make placement a little easier. If you can leave the tongue on, do that. The final stage here was to add a border around the back. I used the same #2 red oak. This is optional but in my case, it gave the seat area a nice finished look.



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Bed To Bench P04 Seat Framework

Next, I'll build the framework for the seat. I'm using 1"x4" pine (It's what I had laying around), although this is what I'd use anyway. Since the front of the bench legs are pointing out slightly, I'll get my width measurement from the back where the legs are attached to the headboard.


I can't remember off hand what my measurement was but I'll cut two boards at this length. After stapling the first one one and into position, I'll set the other aside for right now and measure for my deep. Given these legs are a little curved on the ends I'll find a good place for my depth to end. If the legs were square or I was working with flat surfaces, placing this would be easier. For me, it's easy to imagine where this end and how it will look when done. For others, it may not be, so be afraid to hold up some pieces just to see how things will play.


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