zole2112

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  1. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    Yes, I will apply a polyurethane coating to the back as well when it's done.
  2. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    sounds good to me. One last question, the top is finished (as you surely know) will I have to refinish the top after planing or will they be able to plane the bottom without damaging the top?
  3. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    The dowels are tight in the legs and fit tight into the bench top. they are glued into the legs currently. When I originally searched for a piece of wood for a stretcher I searched only for pecan, any suggestions on a wood that would compliment the pecan that would be appropriate for the stretcher? Also what is the best way to attach the stretcher? So my plan now is: 1) check to see if I can flatten and clamp it, the initial check i did looked like I couldn't 2) wait a couple of weeks for it to acclimate to my climate 3) Use a router sled to flatten the bottom if necessary - this looks interesting to me 4) attach the legs with glue, the dowels, the pocket screws and a stretcher board for strength against my grandsons Thank you guys for all of your comments, it's been really helpful!
  4. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    Here are a few more pics
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    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    I'm located in Appleton, WI. I have 2 grandsons, 3 and 4 and the 3 year old is already a huge beast lol, he will not be gentle and I know my wife will want to use the bench at the dining table.
  6. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    Interesting that you mention a stretcher. I was searching online for a piece of pecan that I could use as a stretcher but I was not successful so I started looking for different solutions which led me to this forum, which is awesome!
  7. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    I was concerned that the 3 pocket screws would not provide enough strength so I think I will definitely add some brackets as well.
  8. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    I just read up on router sleds, that's an awesome idea. I will first try to see if I can bend it flat and if so I will clamp it and let it rest for a couple of weeks to see if it does relax. It did ship from Georgia to Wisconsin, since it's winter here now we have very low humidity compared to Georgia.
  9. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    Thank you guys. I'll contact a shop tomorrow to see if i can get it planed. I was worried about it collapsing too, I'll work on that as well.
  10. zole2112

    Bench Leg Attachment Question

    Here are pictures of the bench. I haven't contacted him yet. Good idea to wait until closer to Christmas to address it, I didn't even think about that. Yes it does look like it cupped.
  11. A friend made a live wood bench for me for my wife Christmas. He lives in a different state and shipped me the bench with the top and the legs in separate pieces. The legs are a single piece of pecan per side with a dimension of appx 16"x12". He has 2 dowels inserted into each leg for attaching to the bench top as well as holes for 3 screws. I was going to glue and screw the legs on but when I attach them the legs do not sit fully against the bench top along the entire length of the leg, a gap exists in the center area, the bench top is not completely flat. I'm not sure what to do with it, I was thinking of sanding the ends of the legs to get them to fit tight. In addition, there is no other bracing and I'm worried that the legs will come loose over time. I can add pictures when I get home, at work now. I'm hoping to get some suggestions from some experienced woodworkers on my best path forward. I want a stable bench that will last for a long time. thank you!