Published at Tuesday, September 25th 2018. by Shelley Andrews in Storage Bench.
So if you're wondering why I built this bench seat in two halves, the reason is it's a little over eight feet. Long and building two independent boxes and joining them together seemed easier than trying to splice plywood, and here is my method for marrying the two halves together biscuits and glue anytime you're joining two boxes like this. The chances of everything lining up perfectly are basically zero. So I add a little chamber and it just creates a small shadow line that kind of hides the seam between the two boxes.
Next, it was time to glue and clamp the two halves together, a couple deep reach, clamps and plenty of glue, and this thing's solid. As a rock, once the two halves were built and joined together, it was time to turn my attention to the building. I guess what will refer to in this video as a face frame. As I mentioned earlier, the piece is a little more than eight feet wide. So I was able to order ten-foot material here so that the face frame can be one piece and I don't have to do any odd splices. So the flip stop on my chop saw station only goes out to eight feet.
So here's how I deal with cutting longer material - and that is, I just make sure - to hold them tightly together and cut them both at the same time and we're going to do the same thing for a layout. I make sure the pieces are lined up on the ends and make the marks on both parts at the same time use the edge tech sanding discs to clean up all the inside edges prior to assembly. Then the sides and then finish off with the front and on the lids.
That means doing the bottoms first and letting them completely dry and then flipping over and doing the top. So I start with a light first coat, and I do this to introduce as little moisture to the surface of the wood as possible. I follow that up with a good sanding and then I come back with a second heavier coat and when and where possible, I like to let stuff sit for several days before touching it just to make sure it's fully cured.
So after a few days drying time, it's time to add some non-skid non-marring feet so that my beautiful piece doesn't ruin the beautifully brand-new wood floors in the house, this is going to be delivered to for any larger project with a lid. I don't think that there is anything better than these hinges.
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