I picked up today where I left off yesterday by profiling the remaining three legs. I followed this by adding an edge detail to the long edges of the seat board. Again I pressed my single moulding plane into service. Then using my #4 to round over the remaining bits. A little sanding here and there and I was ready for the final assembly. This bench must be assembled in a particular way. I described this procedure in an earlier post and had a request for a video to clarify my description. Making a video is not something I’ve done very much. Nor do I understand the ins and outs, but I took a stab at it. At the very least, it does show the sequence.
With the assembly together all that remained was to wedge each joint and peg the end stiffeners in place. Once the wedges were installed I needed to trim them flush. This was a simple affair on the seat but the legs took a little more effort. On the legs the short rail tenons intersect with the profiling. To trim the tenons flush required the use of a gouge. I trimmed the bulk out-of-the-way with the gouge and followed with the moulding plane. With that the assembly of the Chinese Gate bench was complete.
I spent several minutes inspecting the bench and touching up any blemishes that I found. Then I applied the first of what will be several coats of BLO.
I’ll spend this week applying a coat of Tried & True oil every day. Next weekend will see this project completed. I’ll take a few dog & pony photos and then call it done.