Back to the building a custom bench at Tenants Harbor

A change of pace today (thank god!). Jon, Steven, and I took the shop van up to Tenants Harbor to finish the bench that I started last fall, and left ‘This old f_ckin’ house’ behind. We met at 7:15 at the Ohno café, then loaded up and hit the road. We made short work of getting to the lumber that was planed up by a guy named Duey up in Liberty Maine. Duey kind of looks like Mr Clean. He’s a big bald guy but friendly enough. He commented on how nice it was to work with a different species of tree. He usually works with white cedar which he says he can’t even smell anymore, our boards he planed were Hemlock.We loaded up our boards and Jon wrote old Duey a check and we were off…
Off over hill and Dale, Over Appleton ridge, through Union, then on down a number of winding narrow roads, finally to Rockland to pick up some screws.By 11 we finally are at the Morrill camp at Tenants Harbor.

We unloaded the supplies, and started right in knowing we would have to get a move on it to get it all done that day. Jon was the board evaluation man; he sighted the boards, picked “the good edge”, and then laid them out for scribing.

I was the saw guy and ripped the boards to taper.
Steven helped plane the edges, layout boards, screwed boards down and took a bunch of photos. In the end the whole things went as smooth as silk and we finished I think earlier than we all thought it would take.

The product came out very nice, and we all were satisfied with how it came out. We had a few celebrational beers

and then hit the road back to Portland. Oh yeah you can see some renderings and older building shot of this project at custom bench and seals
and past blog entry at Greenovision: Tenants Harbor bench progress

Tenants Harbor custom bench progress

A view of the new bench stanchions in place…finally … just need the wood planks for completion…next spring….  to see that progress Greenovision: Back to the bench at Tenants Harbor 
or go back to first write up Greenovision: Building a bench alongside the Seals of Tenants Harbor

Building a custom bench alongside the Seals of Tenants Harbor

Its been a cool project building a custom bench  alongside the wildlife of the coast. The Loons in their winter plumage eating crabs. The Osprey screeching eerily on the other shore. The tide flowing by always telling the time.

Emily has been “holding the other end of the tape”, she is a real camper, never complains. The crib stone has been good rock with the proper machining characteristics, ie. takes a hammerdrill bit well, and can actually be chiseled some. I have had Mark from Marks Metal fabrication shop help me on this project, he has had some very good advice and we have got along great. Today he came out and ‘tack’ tig welded the stantions to the mounting plates… then I took the whole wooden jig apart that had held all braced in place for the welding opertation. After that I unbolted the stainless steel post from the crib. Emily and I cleaned up the site…took a last gaze out at the bay, the islands, the ocean, and packed the car with the pieces…. back to Marks shop where he will weld gusset plates to further brace the post and mounting plates. So its a process, not fast, not slow, but accurate.  To see more on the bench Greenovision: Tenants Harbor bench progress