Since the roofing project has moved into the tiling phase, it has left me with a little spare time e.g. for projects like this.
The bench is inspired from a book by John G Shea describing a meeting house bench which as far as I remember is from the Hancock Shakers.
It will be used outside on a riding court, so I decided that I would try to avoid metal in the building.
The lower parts of the legs have been added to give stability on a soft ground to avoid it tipping over. In addition to this, it can serve as a help for smaller children to mount their horses. So it is important that it is a stable bench.
The lower legs are mortised and drawbored. The top of the legs are also mortised into the top. These have received some wedges to secure them.
The braces are what first caught my eye on the bench. They add greatly to the stability. I can't remember the correct English term for how they are mounted. So I hope the pictures will give an idea if anyone would want to build something similar.
I even added the Roman numerals below the seat as my sign of a well finished project.
The bricklayers have started to lay the tiles on the roof, and the progress is steady. This means that my role has been greatly reduced compared to when the carpenters were active with the sub roof. I have stacked the tiles on the roof so they could lay them, and generally tried to help wherever I could.
Today they had to tile around a Velux window, so they didn't need very many tiles. Therefore I was able to finish the bench instead. Actually it was a lot more pleasant compared to carrying tiles.
Tonight Asger (7) asked if we could make some more soldering.
He felt he was ready for the next logical step after a ship.. An aircraft fighter!
So in honour of Snakey and other people related to fighter aircrafts I have added the pictures of the finished plane.
Luckily for me, Asger didn't have any specific model in mind, so I cut out some wings, a tail and a cockpit and found a nose cone. I believe I have seen a plane once with a tail like this, but I don't know the make or model of it?
The finished bench.
The legs mortised into the seat showing the wedges.
The leg braces "dovetailed" into the seat.
2013 (a productive year so far)
The mortises of the lower part of a leg.
The easy side of the house is halfway now.
Asgers aircraft fighter flying East.
An flying back West.