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Old 02-21-2009, 10:28 PM   #241
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So wife is looking at this and says she will have a plant on here jig time.
So I tell her that this is starting to look WAY too cool for any old plant. Right away she says we'll have to get something more exotic. Around here I have learned that exotic = expensive.
So I patiently explain that I had a statue of a naked babe in mind. So she says, Oh, you mean like David?
Huh? David's a babe?
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:34 PM   #242
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Both done! Hurray!
I was having far too much fun doing these guys, so I thought I might as well do a bench type affair which she CAN put plants on, from one end to the other.
Only have the wood cut up for the frames yet, will get to assembling them when I get away from here.
Once they are screwed down, then I will know how many more cedar strips to make up to cover the back pony wall.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:00 AM   #243
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After a little figuring out of the frame, it has been constructed and screwed to both the pony wall framing and the floor. With long screws. It needed a few shims on some of the frames to be made perfectly level, but all in all it was pretty close. Here is step 1.
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It took several hours, but here all the bench top pieces have been laminated together. I think it is 22 rows. I just have the facing piece to put on the front now. But before that can go on, the remaining backing and strips on the bottom of the bench must be installed first. Tomorrow if I am very lucky.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:06 AM   #245
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I had not been for a walk around the island since before we had the big snowfalls. This was a shelter for a portable sawmill in the middle of the island. The mill is still underneath. Not quite up to 45" of snow that we got.
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Old 02-25-2009, 01:58 PM   #246
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Phew! It's taken me 4 days to get thru this thread while keeping up with other tasks. Nevertheless, it's holding my attention like nothing else!

I can't even make up words to describe how amazed I am with your work, Cocobolo. We have no decent wood here in Arizona, even the lumber yards have junk. I am still trying to figure out what to do with the olive tree logs I cut down that I'm almost deathly allergic too.

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Old 02-25-2009, 05:26 PM   #247
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DIY: Thank you most kindly.
I remember reading many years ago, that when they remove the olive trees in Italy in their groves, the wood is often used to make wind instruments. I think I may have read it in an old Fine Woodworking magazine, probably 20 years ago. You may well be able to sell that wood for a very good price.
Well, I have just finished rough cutting about 350 pieces of cedar for the top and bottom of the bench. Now it has to go through the planer, then dado on both sides. Back when I have that done.
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This is what just over 350 cedar strips looks like. I have decided that I will ease the edges using a 1/16" tool.
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I did luck out with the mahogany plywood. There were several pieces here which have been knocking around for years. After a good sanding, this one came up respectably well.
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Hey cocobolo,

Did all those (and the other) cedar strips come from logs you found?
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While I had the sander handy, I thought it might be a good idea to clean up the top of the bench. If any of you have done any in place laminating, you know how unevenly some of those wayward boards can come out.
First, I took the power plane to the bench, using a very light cut. Many light cuts is far better than one or two deep cuts, as that way you can avoid those nasty grooves at the edge of the planer blades.
Then it was on to the random orbital sander.
My weapon of choice here is, and always has been, the old Porter Cable random orbital.
First pass was with 80 grit. I would have preferred 60 but ran out of that ages ago. Next up to 120, and finally 180. The sandpaper is Siawood, made in Switzerland.
Two things you should know about r/o sanding. Firstly, whatever grit you are using will produce a finish which is much smoother than the grit would indicate. For instance, if you put an 80 grit sheet on a regular orbital sander, you know you used 80 grit. It isn't terribly smooth, and the grit marks will show up very clearly. Plus, it is far slower than a random orbital.
Secondly, use the sander flat, with the whole disc sitting on the wood. Don't tip it up on one edge. If you do that you will surely dig a hole in the wood which will be a bear to get out. Use your planer to flatten the wood, not the sander.
Here I am up to the 180 grit, and the wood is as smooth as silk.
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drtbike, you snuck in there while I was typing. Yes, they did. The actual area in square feet that all those boards cover is probably only around 50 or so.
That's not much. A typical cedar log, or more often just a chunk off an old log, might yield between 100 and 150 board feet.
I collared a pretty big log a couple of weeks ago which I passed on to a chum on the island here. It was dead clear, and yielded over 500 board feet. He recognized that the log was a dandy, so he took the trouble to quartersaw the whole thing.
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After edging all the boards I have just finished the lower part of the bench.
The space beneath is to allow room for the CBU and the rather thick terra cotta tiles. I will be applying two coats of sealer to the tiles before laying them, in an effort to try and avoid the surfaces being stained by either the thinset or grout.
I think I will add another plant stand at the end of the solarium to sort of balance everything out. The end corner looks kind of dead the way it is.
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It looks beautiful cocobolo.
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Thanks gma, I am hoping when the entire solarium is done, that every little piece all comes together nicely. Still quite a way to go. Will have a go at the other plant stand today, as well as starting to get the CBU cut to shape for the floor. All those curves and odd angles will make that interesting.

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