Wooden (sorry!) bench

  1. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Some time ago I was given two huge lumps of wood that came out of an old house during renovation, I’m told they were “king purlins” :dontknow:
    Anyway, one now has pride of place above our fireplace and the other has been sat waiting for me to decide what to do with it.
    Here’s the two before I got them, this is the photo I was sent when I was asked if I wanted them. It's the nearer of the two. D95A2CD1-FD86-4388-BF7B-EECF03123AE9.jpeg
    Set to work yesterday cutting it down the middle lengthways with a hand saw.... only took about 90 mins.:laughing: F804FAF4-6080-4223-8D73-852FE4613665.jpeg
    Ran the planer over the surface and cut one of the lengths in two to make the legs. 3B6640E9-C4BC-4E7F-B4AE-46D556446D7E.jpeg
    Rebated the underside so the legs sit nicely in it.
    This is where I am with it so far, it needs sanding and finishing.
    It also needs the legs firmly attaching. 66A25079-1882-4748-8715-774E317AC5DA.jpeg
    I was thinking of using allthread, welding nuts on the top and shaping them into domes which I’d paint black then cut some cutouts in the inside face of the legs to access the nuts in order to pull everything tight but ideally I’d like to use some sort of invisible method.
    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Bullet2012

    Bullet2012 Forum Supporter

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    Dowels ?
     
  3. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Member

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    Stick a cross bar between the legs Warren. Will make it stronger and less likely to stress the top fixings.
     
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  4. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Do you think dowels would be strong enough?
    My neighbour suggested that and cross-bracing the legs but I want to keep it as minimal as possible.
     
  5. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    Counter bore under the legs with a flat bit, then use a couple of gert big screws :laughing: Coach screws or the modern equivalent that have much more bite...easy to tighten if need be.

    Or, how about drill through the top, and well into the legs, get your best broom and cut 4 bits off the handle...knock in and saw flush with some glue.

    Add a brace if it's still wobbly...
     
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  6. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    A bit of flat in an arch style adds a lot of stability, not quite as chunky as timber bracing
     
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  7. Bullet2012

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    Should be if you use a big enough dowel. But agree that a cross brace would be a good idea. Maybe do the brace in stainless as a contrast
    An arch would look good as @Hitch suggested.
     
  8. Hitch

    Hitch Moderator Staff Member

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    These are decent. Much much better than the old fashioned coach screw.
     
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  9. eLuSiVeMiTe

    eLuSiVeMiTe Member

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    Those and a couple of broomstick dowels hidden inside would be my choice
     
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  10. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    Those screws up from underneath, skewed? Got plenty of steel stock here so can make up a decent looking brace at it sounds like the way to go.
     
  11. Other Daniel

    Other Daniel Member

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    Hi,
    As others have suggested; if you get creative with some style of
    stretcher, the dowels would be fine to locate and hold the top.
    Make the dowels an interfernce fit and you probably don't even
    need to glue them.

    Nice job
    ATB,
    Daniel
     
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  12. Country Joe Argoshield Dark

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    Hi there,

    I used pieces of broomstick as dowels on one that I made from some 90mm thick timbers that someone between here & Bristol uses as firewood.
    His old man gets them from his work - they're timbers for making big rooves.
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    I also used a piece of round tube and cut a couple of square ends as a stretcher.
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    I don't think I was originally going to but I didn't feel as if they'd keep a stable gap forever, with dowels alone.

    All the Best,
    CJ
     
  13. Wozzaaah

    Wozzaaah The wizard of woz Staff Member

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    That’s exactly what I’ve now got in mind Joe, thanks.
     
  14. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    heard a brilliant tale of a character in the pub he’s in his 70’s and was a chippy. He said when doing his apprenticeship he was told never to use nails, on a roof one day his mentor was walloping nails in he asked why and he was told metal dowels boy

    just whack em in
     
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  15. Wightsparks

    Wightsparks Forum Supporter

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    Yes, as in
    "Ave you finished nailin the 'king purlins in yet?" :whistle:
     
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