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This bench is 48" long and was assembled using approximately 100 Kreg screws.

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Comment by Dennis Dorries on October 2, 2009 at 7:31am
I have a wood burner but hardly use it because I forget that I have it. I guess it comes with age. I have all kinds of "neat" hand tools but forget how many "neat" hand tools that I really have. You see something - you think WOW that would be "neat" to have - you buy it and then you forget you have it. I guess I should consider myself blessed with the opportunity to buy things but sure wish I was blessed to remember that I bought them! Ha! Thanks for the compliments.
Comment by Don Grubish on October 1, 2009 at 5:57pm
It turned out gorgeous! I figured you might woodburn it much like I would. Either way, it really adds something, doesn't it?
Comment by Dennis Dorries on October 1, 2009 at 7:20am
I tried giving a description of the bench but for some reason my computer skills weren't very favorable at the time. Anyway - the bench is made of 3/4" solid oak that I purchase rough cut from my favorite warehouse in Trenton, Illinois. Although I did draw some preliminary plans to build the bench - it was really a design as you go project. I am not big on plans and prefer to create as I build. I applied two coats of Min-Wax golden oak stain and three coats of Min-Wax satin polyurethane finish. I use 0000 steel wool between each application. I have a total of approximately 32 hours in the project from start to finish.
Comment by Dennis Dorries on October 1, 2009 at 7:03am
Don: Believe it or not that is the most asked question when people see the photo. In this case I searched the Internet for a photo of a butterfly. I use carbon paper to trace it onto the wood. Then I used my 2-h.p. Riobi router with a 1/8" strait cut bit and I route the image free-hand. I then take a black (or whatever color you want) Sharpie and I color the cut out areas. I usually let the ink soak into the wood and then I do it one more time. After a half hour or so I run the board thru my planer and take about 1/32" off the top to clean any of the ink that may have gone outside the lines. I make a lot of projects with different images. You can personalize things with people's names on them.
Comment by Don Grubish on September 30, 2009 at 10:15pm
Silly question, probably, but how is the butterfly on the backrest?

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