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Arts and crafts seat

Create this stylish arts and crafts style seat using treated timber and Resene Timber and Furniture Gel.

Ways with wood with Mark Rayner - Project 25

Difficulty level: Challenging

You will need: 300mm x 50mm treated timber cut to 540mm for the seat,
four 100mm x 100mm treated timber cut to 450mm for the legs,
two 70mm x 25mm treated timber cut to 540mm,
two 70mm x 25mm treated timber cut to 450mm,
six 50mm x 25mm treated timber cut to 450mm
25mm x 5mm treated timber cut to 540mm (we used an off-cut of fence paling),
40mm galvanised nails, 100mm galvanised nails, circular saw, chisel, clean lint-free cloth, hammer, latex gloves, pencil, exterior PVA glue, sandpaper, saw and tape measure. Resene Timber & Furniture Gel in Resene Sheer Black.

To get the look: Mark stained the background fence with Resene Waterborne Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain tinted to Resene Pickled Bluewood.

Other ideas: For a paler effect, try Resene Timber & Furniture Gel in Resene Silvered Grey.

Step 1
Step one
Use a tape measure and pencil to measure and mark the timber to the dimensions as listed above.
Step 2
Step two
Cut the timber using the pencil marks as a guide and smooth any rough edges with sandpaper.
Step 3
Step three
Measure and mark a line 50mm from the top edge of the legs. Set the circular saw blade to a depth of 50mm, and cut repeatedly across the marked section, as shown. Use a hammer to remove these and neaten up with a chisel.
Step 4
Step four
Attach the seat to the legs, as shown, using 100mm nails and PVA glue.
Step 5
Step five
ttach the 70mm x 25mm lengths of timber together, to form a rectangular frame. Fix at each corner with 40mm nails and PVA glue.
Step 6
Step six
Fit the 50mm x 25mm pieces of timber within the frame, as shown, fixing at the top and bottom with 40mm nails and PVA glue.
Step 7
Step seven
Attach the back panel into position, as shown, fixing with 100mm nails and PVA glue. Attach the 25mm x 5mm piece of wood along the back edge of the seat, fixing with 40mm nails and PVA glue. Leave the chair overnight for the glue to harden.
Step 8
Step eight
Apply Resene Timber and Furniture Gel to the seat using a clean, lint-free cloth. Lightly rub the gel along the timber grain using a medium pressure to help penetration. Allow to dry for one hour and apply a second coat.

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