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Just finished up this bench. I used 1/2" x 2" hot rolled steel finished with a 30/60/10 mixture of beeswax, boiled linseed oil and turpentine. The wood is Black Walnut with a Red Mahogany stain and 3 coats of Minwax satin polyurethane finish.


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Nice work,simple but elegant. I like the hammered finish, it gives the piece character. How is the timber fixed?

Cheers Ian

I welded .5" x 2" support braces to the frame (same stuff I used for the frame) and then cut notches out of bed frame and welded those to the support braces. To give the bench strength, I glued smaller strips of walnut together and screwed / glued them on the underside. The bed frame really just ties the ends together and gives it lateral stability. May not be the best way to do it, but it seems to be really sturdy. My welds are pretty rough (still learning). I hit those with some grill black.


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