Woodworking question

Just an amateur woodworker with a few basic tools, and I'm planning to build a simple bench, similar to this:
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The legs and frame will be assembled with dowels and glued, but I'm undecided as to how I should attach the boards on the top. Suggestions?

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 16,565
    Screws and wood plugs. If you do not want them seen
  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 5,335
    What are you using for the top? Indoor or outdoor? Trex, azek, wood, PT...?

    Azek has a great decking screw with plugs that work/look nice.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,695
    Blind dowels and wood glue. If the design doesn't call for a center support board running front to back, you might want to consider adding one.
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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,137
    F1nut wrote: »
    Blind dowels and wood glue. If the design doesn't call for a center support board running front to back, you might want to consider adding one.
    That's what I'll do - thanks! Yes, I definitely planned for a center support.
  • deucekazoodeucekazoo Posts: 146
    Check out the Kreg pocket hole jig. I have used it a lot and it works great.
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  • decaldecal Posts: 3,181
    deucekazoo wrote: »
    Check out the Kreg pocket hole jig. I have used it a lot and it works great.

    Ditto
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,494
    deucekazoo wrote: »
    Check out the Kreg pocket hole jig. I have used it a lot and it works great.

    This.

    It will save you A LOT of time and effort when used effectively.
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  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,976
    Beautiful.
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  • JstasJstas Posts: 14,210
    Pretty!
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  • deucekazoodeucekazoo Posts: 146
    Looks very good! You going natural or are you going to kill it with stain?
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  • msgmsg Posts: 5,662
    that looks fantastic! better than the model photo you posted.

    Would you mind posting some details on your build? I mess around with building stuff periodically, but nothing this nice yet. Curious as to lumber type/dimensions/source, etc., and whether purchased in this finish, or whether you had to modify/clean it up. Very nice work.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,695
    Ed, that looks great!
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  • mdaudioguymdaudioguy Posts: 5,137
    Thanks guys. I appreciate the compliments.

    As far as finish goes, we're leaning toward natural with a clear coat. Here's the deal. I made this for my son and his (now) wife for their wedding. The bench served as a guest book of sorts, and all the guests wrote messages and signed the top surface. Everybody was pleased with the result. I found some Indian ink pens to use for this, which I think shouldn't fade, but stain is out of the question for the seat. We've tossed around the idea of staining the legs and frame for a two-tone look, but I'm not sure. I'll probably stain a few scraps to see what it looks like.

    msg - I used 1x8 poplar boards and ripped them to produce 2-1/2" boards. It's a 4-foot bench and is about 17" high and 16" deep.
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,271
    What a wonderful idea and congrats to your son and his new wife
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,695
    As far as finish goes, we're leaning toward natural with a clear coat.

    Keep in mind there will likely be a nice upholstered cushion on that bench in the not too distant future.
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,494
    I would look into this stuff for a clear finish:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OBT0XM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I've used it a couple of times and it has worked really well.
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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 44,695
    No offense, but wax is an extremely poor finish. Actually, it's really not a finish, it's a polish.
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,494
    F1nut wrote: »
    No offense, but wax is an extremely poor finish. Actually, it's really not a finish, it's a polish.

    I've used it a few times, with very good results. I like the idea that it's easy to apply, very easily repaired and you have a lot of control over the final look.

    If he built a kitchen table, wax would never cross my mind. But for a piece like this, I don't see any reason it should be overlooked.
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