Sunday, November 14, 2010

Firepit - Trim (back)

2010
Sunday, November 14

I finished the trim on the back of the firepit bench. I've been debating how to finish off the bottom of the back of the bench and my brother suggested a great idea to just wrap leftover boards around the bottom. Then I can just backfill the area with dirt.

I wanted to finish off the bottom and not have it open for 2 reasons: 1, to be able to store firewood underneath and protect it, 2, to help keep warmth in the are and not have a cool breeze blowing on peoples legs if it's breezy.




It was a bit difficult to bend the boards without really a way to clamp them the way I had in the front. I just kinda clamped them the best I could. One did let go though and whacked me right in the leg. I'm sure I'll have a nice bruise from that one! LOL.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Firepit - Seat & Trim (left pergola)

2010
Tuesday, November 9

Today I trimmed out the left side pergola of the bench. It had gone much faster than the other side, since I really didn't have to figure anything out. I'm really kinda liking how's it's looking. It anchors the bench very nicely and kinda gives it a seclusion "feeling" without closing it in.

I can't wait to get the stained glass pieces in it. I have no idea how I'm going to frame those in though, since I want to be able to switch them out or removed them for winter months and such.




Sunday, November 07, 2010

Firepit - Seat & Trim

2010
Sunday, November 7

The last week I really worked like crazy. I wanted to get the firepit bench down before we had an snow. I'd come home from work, eat dinner, then go outside and work. That was pretty much my week. It was freakin cold too. I had built a fire in the pit and had it roaring every night I worked.

Last night I finished bending and attaching the boards for the seat. I had texted a picture to my parents and within 5 min, I heard 2 cars pull up. It was my brother and parents cars. They came to check it out after they got the text. They sat down for a minute and said how awesome it looked and felt. My brother had my lil 2 and 1/3 yr old nephew with him, who didn't want to explore, like he usually does. He reacted his arms to my brother to pick him up cause he was cold. I thought...hmm...it's not that bad out here. HA...when I got inside, I looked at the thermometer and read 22 degrees. 22 degrees??? I said out loud. Damn...I had no idea it was that cold. I had been working like crazy and even a little flushed from how high I had the fire going I didn't even realize.

Today I cut the excess off the seat boards. When curving them around the bench, they'd stick out farther and farther. So I cut them down with my circular saw and flush cut saw and then attached the darker Trex boards as trim. This way they'd match deck bench style. I still had some energy left, so I decided to work on the pergola that will hold the stained glass.





Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Firepit - Seat

2010
Tuesday, November 2

Tonight I screwed together a few more of the Trex composite boards, I sawed in half, for the circular seat around the firepit. It's starting to look more and more like a seat. It's now wide enough for a shoe, so I walked around the bench. It definitely feels like a sturdy bench.



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Firepit - Started Seat

2010
Sunday, October 31

I started on the seat part of the firepit bench today. The seat will be made up of the same Trex composite boards, flipped on their sides and curved to form the half circle. First though, I bought a new tool. I bought the DEWALT 7-1/4 in (DW369CSK) circular saw to cut the boards in half. My brother has a similar model and said he loves his.

I wanted to cut the boards in half for 2 reasons. 1, I figured that they'd be easier to bend being smaller, and 2, I believed that the Trex composite boards are strong enough to support the weight just fine with how close the support posts are.

It was pretty easy to cut through the boards with the saw. It had gone through them very nicely and I got to screw together 4 boards. It was cool seeing the seat come together. I love working with the Trex boards. There's not enough to sit on yet and try it out though.




Saturday, October 30, 2010

Firepit - Finished Backrest

2010
Saturday, October 30

Today I finished attaching the boards for the backrest of the firepit bench. It's been..."interesting" bending the Trex composite boards. The have flexibility even in 50 degree weather, which I didn't expect. I expected them to be as hard as rocks and they weren't.

They were actually quite easy to bend using clamps. I've been using Irwin clamps. They are my fav clamps so far. I've been using the SL300 One Handed Bar Clamps/Spreaders to clamp the boards as I bend them and I just bought an XP600 One Handed Bar Clamp/Spreader. That sucker can apply 600 lbs of pressure opposed to the other one's of 300. The end of the board is obviously harder to bend, with less leverage, so I'm using the heavy duty guy on the ends.

Anyways.... I managed to finish the back rest today. I'm loving how it's looking....and I love that the Trex boards can flex like this as I can be creative with my designs cause of it and have a circular bench :)




Sunday, October 17, 2010

Firepit - Started back rests

2010
Sunday, October 17

Originally I started out cleaning the garage and trying to get stuff out of the way as my new car is 3 inches wider than my last. I was working with the door open and said to myself...hey, it's such a nice day, I think I'll try to bend a board, for the firepit seat back, to see what it'll be bending those 20 foot suckers.

Ok...so the plan is to bend the Trex composite boards and attach them to the posts, which form a semi-circle. It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. Once I clamped the board to the first post, it was fairly easy to use the clamps and bend it in place as I had gone along.

It was going well enough I managed to get to boards up. the second one is have screwed into place as we had to leave for some Halloween fun :)