My dad said that he would help me make one when I came into town for Christmas (after all, he is the one with the never ending supply of power tools! Not to mention a plethora of good ideas:) )
|Just to Name a Few of the Tools we used|
I took quite a few pictures, but I will have to give you a disclaimer here...there was SO MUCH SAWDUST floating around in the air, that not all of the pictures are the best quality. We made these in the garage, and because it was dumping 3 feet of snow outside the garage door, we couldn't really work in the open air... It was interesting - but worth it after we were finished!
Below are before pictures of the headboard and footboard. The headboard had a lovely carving design that we knew would add a beautiful decorative element to the bench.
On each end, we added a notched 2x4, measured to fit the height we needed.
We always reinforced our wooden pieces with wood glue, and thoroughly screwed, nailed or bolted the pieces, depending on the depth and stability of the wood.
We also always counter sunk our screws and drilled a pilot hole, so as not to split the wood.
For these legs we screwed the 2x4 pieces into each end of the footboard.
The depth was calculated by deciding that we wanted to use 1"x6" helmock boards for the seat, with a 1/2" gap between each board, and an overhang on the front of about 1/2". Ultimately, the width of our box was about 14", and the length was about 55".
As you can see in the picture below, we fastened two additional vertical pieces in the middle of the box for stability, and put small rectangular cut pieces of 1x4" boards into the corners. The entire box was glued and nailed together with a brad nailer (a.k.a. nail gun).
We then clamped the box onto the headboard at a height of about 20-21".
and another one we did!) that every measurement and length, how you screw and bolt things together, where you cut, etc., is ENTIRELY dependent on the layout of the wood and the decorative elements of the headboard and footboard. You really have to have a good eye and good brain for winging it:)
*fun* part. Okay, so it wasn't so fun - considering how cold it was, and how LONG this part took:)
It was quite an undertaking, and not a project of the faint of heart (I have more band-aides on my fingers than I can count!) but it is also incredibly fun and satisfying! We will definitely be making more!
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