|My husband, who did the wood cutting for me, looked at the bench like this and asked, "Are you making it into a toilet?" Ha ha, very funny! :)|
Let me tell you...there was nothing even about this piece. The sides are different widths, the angles at which the front "flares" a little wider than the back are different. I think the person who made it did it by eyeball, which there's nothing wrong with that, but it drove Shane a little crazy.
That open area will the small hinged door in the seat for storage space in the bench. It's really only about 3" deep but I couldn't resist. Tonight, I'm going to sand it all again, and I'll find out this weekend if new stain will cover it cleanly.
I did two rounds of stain and varnish stripper already, but you can see places on the bench's original wood that not all of it came off. If I can't get clean, even coats of new stain, then I'm going to let it dry and then find some good spray paint to cover it.
But now, this sucker is SECURE! Before, even with the cushions that were on it, you could feel a little wiggle/wobble on it when you sat down. I sat down last night, next to the opening where the door will go, and I couldn't get this sucker to move at all! It's also bitchily (is that even a word?) HEAVY. I'm going to need help bringing it in the house when it's all done.