Saturday, April 4, 2015

How to Restore a Park Bench.








I bought this park bench on craigslist last fall for about $25. Obviously it needed some attention. I wanted to find one of these and restore it as I thought it would be a fun project and I have some white oak that would be perfect for this! White oak is a great wood for use on outdoor projects! 
















 I disassembled it and put it away for the past many months of winter. As springtime is starting to spring it seems like great time to get this project done. It is fairly simple in execution as you can use the old pieces as templates for the new ones.


 I did just that, however I made the slats a little wide as I could tell I had plenty of room to do so.  I rounded over the pieces as appropriate with my router.




 Sanding is always a fn task!  (NOT)  I sanded and sanded some more. The wood came out awesome!


 I drilled the counter bore with a forester bit and the holes for the bolts. The bolts that came with the bench were made from brass and I would have liked to have kept that throughout I did nto want to spend the extra cost for that (it is expensive) so I purchased zinc voted bolts, lock washers and nuts. I used what I could from the old hardware and replaced as required with the new. I painted the bolt heads brown to fit better with the color of the bench. The screws that go on the back rest portion I also replaced as necessary.


  The bottom has this metal strap that gets screwed into each slat and when you do this it evens out the slot in the middle. Very nice!

 I finished the wood with three healthy coats of spat eurathane. This should work nicely but we will see as I have placed this bench on our front porch and it faces west. It will be getting afternoon sun everyday ad we will see how this finish holds up. 
 I like these kind of benches but the price tag for a new one I don’t care for all that much! :)  I thoroughly enjoyed this project and will be keeping my eye on craigslist for a potential future bench project!



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How to make a Wood Turned toy Robot

Dominic Bender is having a challenge to make something from a tree branch. A live edge piece to start out with at least. I had an idea to make this toy robot loosely based on Roby the Robot from the movie Forbidden Planet. Some would probably say very loosely based! :) 



 It s a quick and cute project that I will add to my wood toys that I have made and my kids don’t really seem to have a whole lot of interest. I suppose it is the electronic age and these are like antiques to them. :) 
I begin by turing the live edge piece of walnut to a round shape and then shape it into the shape of the robot including the head. The legs are simply made of many separate bead like pieces and I cut these apart on the bandsaw.
 I make the feet out of a scrap piece of walnut and shape the toes part on the disk sander. Then cut them to rough shape and sand. 
The beaded pieces will make up the legs after they have a hole drilled through them  and then threaded onto some simple sisal string that is glued into the body with epoxy.  The feet are also threaded onto the string in this way and a knot is made in the string tightly against the receded hoe in the bottom of the feet. 
 Two more of the beads are used to simulate the arms on a flattened out area on the front of the curved body that I cut with the bandsaw and sanded flat. The hands I made free hand very quickly on the bandsaw and sanded. These are pressed into the arms with a tight friction fit. These could be glued as well if desired but the hold fine for my purposes. 
I realize the video does not as much of the process as perhaps you are used to but I think you get the idea and I know many of you could do a much better job than I did here in this quick manner. 

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How to build a simple hammer rack.







I saw a variation on this type of hammer rack on pinterest and I liked it. SO I made this will some scrap plywood and pine I had in the shop. You can’t get much simpler with the design basically two slats about 3 inches wide and they are fastened onto some shelf brackets cut from pine. There is an approximate 2 inch gap between the slats.  I used screws to fasten everything together. I got way ahead of myself when I tried to drill into the back side to install the two L screws so as to hang it on the peg board.I did not take into account that the long screw I used for the slats were in the way of the hole for the L screw.  I replaced the aft screw on the top slat with a shorter one and it all worked out fine. 
 I have a lot of hammers and some of the came from my fathers tools. He had several ball pean hammers in various sizes. I also put rubber mallets and the wood one I made on this rack. It holds a lot and is going to work great in the shop. 

 I have been under the weather the last couple of weeks so I did not post a “Time with Pine” video last week. I will try to post on this wee and catch up. Being sick sucks! :)
 I hope all who are watching and reading this are well! 

Chris





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