Garden Bench - Laminating the Seat Supports

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Actually, that's not true. Laminating the seat supports was actually the first step in constructing the bench. Because there are six supports (nine, actually: four under the seat, two lower supports, two test pieces, and a spare), and each one takes a day to clamp, cure, and glue. It made sense to begin with them.


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Seat supports (with spares), glued up and ready to be trimmed and mortised.


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The two side sections are glued up. I left the legs long so that I could trim them flush (and continue the sweep of the stretcher-curve) once everything was in place.


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Once the tops of the legs are trimmed flush, I can mark the long stretchers with the approximate angle needed to bring them flush with the legs. I ended up ripping them as close as I could on the tablesaw, then planing them flush while everything was dry-clamped together.


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Scribing the cut-line to fit the middle seat supports. I clamped the support to a "dummy" piece (the poplar right behind the stretcher), which was in turn clamped in between the two long stretchers.


dscn4576.jpgUsing a long piece of floating-tenon stock to mark out exactly where the tenon needs to go on the outside of the seat support.