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All of the same design elements that made the originals so striking are also featured in this country project: tall, narrow proportions, raised panels, a beaded board back, and applied molding.
Finish information: To finish the cupboard, I used three different products. To stain the pine, I used General Finishes’ Seal-a-Cell Honey Maple stain. But to prevent blotching, I put down a coat of Seal-a-Cell Clear underneath the stain. Then I applied two coats of General Finishes’ Royal Finish (Satin).
A simple style is reflected in the easy-to-build design of this frame. It has cap molding on both the top and bottom and a gentle curve cut along the top rail. But the main attraction here is the row of accent "windows," which reveal a cherry background.
It's a traditional garden bench -- without the back or arms. Build it in a weekend, and the result will be a comfortable resting spot that looks at home in a wide variety of settings.
The mortise and tenon is one of the most basic joints in woodworking, and there are a number of different approaches and tools you can use to create it. Here's a quick look at some of the different techniques we use in our shop.