Those legs I sketched out, cut out, sanded clean—and then set aside for a minute. . .
I’m back on them-
plus 1 more.
They weren’t quite working with my original plan so I set them aside to focus on other projects.
Wednesday I cut out 1 more so I could move forward with a 2 bench project.
So~ I pulled some 1½” thick wood, drew out my profile, cut it out on a band saw, sanded them all clean.
– I tried cutting out the first leg with a jigsaw, but the cuts came out kind of beveled because the blade struggled to stay straight up & down through the thick material.
– A bandsaw is truly the best way to get a good, straight up & down cut line with thick material. BUT, you can’t just follow all those curving lines, you need to make a lot of relief cuts and clear the chunks as you go so the blade doesn’t get “pinched.”
– I bought a specialty sanding kit that you can use in a drill or drill press. It essentially becomes a drum sander, and is an AMAZing help and time saver!
Instead of making a stretcher to stabilize the legs, I made a decorative piece -still like a stretcher- to go under the seat to stabilize the whole bench.
I pre-drilled (including a countersink) from the outside of the leg to attach.
Okay~ “funny” story here. See the faded white paint on the boards above? When I cleaned them it all washed away—it was actually
Seriously~ what’s with the birds and me lately?
Now that I had to REaddress the finish of the tops, I decided to keep it “natural.” I gave them a good sanding and waxed them, which really made the wood come to life, BUT. Barnboards can be very. . . sliver-y.