I had made one pottery barn wells bench knock off last year. The plan is from Ana White’s providence bench plan .
I had been woodworking for just a few months and found the angles and bevels challenging, but doable. And that’s how we learn….try more difficult things, do it and do it again until it’s easy.
So when my friend saw the unpainted bench hanging out in my garage she wanted it and one more in crimson red, I reluctantly agreed remembering the challenge of the first one. But another year of woodworking under my belt turned out to make this project relatively easy. It went from a 6 hour build to a 2 hour build….
I want to share with you some tips I learned that had really frustrated me the first time around.
If you notice the cut list, you see beveled cuts and angled cuts. Last year that concept was really confusing and I went through 8 feet of 2x 4s before i got it right. And since a picture says a 1000 words…..
First, look at the difference in the miter saw from the bevel and angle. On the picture on the left, the miter saw is beveled at 10 degrees. This is adjusted at the back of the miter saw.
The angle of the miter saw is adjusted at the front of the miter saw….
The angle adjustment snaps into place in most miter saws at the 45 degree angle….
Then came the measuring from long tip to long tip.
Then the beveled legs are attached and joined……
Then the top and bottom stretchers are added and joined with pocket holes.
Then the 45 degree angle pieces are cut. This time the cuts are parallel…. They are slid into place between the top and bottom stretcher. I then attached the seat with screws from underneath.
I put one coat of primer, then a coat of “o0ps” paint from Home Depot and a top coat of Annie Sloan’s emperor’s silk chalk paint.
I accented the benches with burnt umber glaze from General Finishes.
The final touch was a protective matte finish from General Finishes.