Homemade Meditation BenchesLahiru, suggested to make few meditation benches as a donation to Indiana Buddhist Temple few weeks back. I had no idea what a meditation bench was, but luckily he had a basic one with him. After few modifications to the design, here’s what we ended up with.
If you like to make one at home too, here are the details.
- Wood – 1 x 8 (i.e. 3/4” x 7+1/4”) pine boards http://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/lumber-boards/boards/select-boards/1-x-8-x-8-select-pine-board/p-1934090-c-13118.htm
- Hinges – 3” x 3” door hinges, 1/4” round corner http://www.menards.com/main/tools-hardware/builders-hardware/door-window/residential-hinges/3x3-door-hinge/p-1475757-c-9687.htm
- Used 1/2” #10 Phillips flat head screws http://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/drywall/screws/wood/10-x-1-2-phillips-flat-wood-100pcs-pkg/p-1638963-c-8940.htm
- Leg sliders – Slipstick 3/4” Slider Foot http://www.amazon.com/Slipstick-CB190-4-Inch-Slider-16-Pack/dp/B000G9WK44/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&id=1365832735&sr=8-2&keywords=slipstick+slider
- Felt pads (not shown in picture) - http://www.amazon.com/Waxman-Self-Stick-Round-Brown-8-Inch/dp/B000VYN7CS/ref=sr_1_4?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1365832847&sr=1-4&keywords=felt+pads
- De-waxed Shellac – Bulls Eye Seal Coat http://www.menards.com/main/interior-wood-care/specialty-wood-finishes/bulls-eye-seal-coat-universal-sealer/p-1963335-c-13129.htm
- Cutting wood – a hand saw is enough actually, but I used a jig saw to make it bit faster and to cut the semi circles on legs. Dimensions are given below
- Fixing hinges – I used a router to make the mortises so that legs would close flush with the main board.You could omit this if this is not a concern.
- NOTE. I have flipped one side of the hinge (by removing its pin) to get them fixed as shown above. The reason was that the hinges I used won’t close flushed. See diagrams below.
- I didn’t like the protruding wedge shape (right most image above), hence the flipping (see here to know how to remove hinge pin) and mortising.
- Now, with some custom mortise routing I could get the legs to close flushed (above right). I made few jigs to make it easy to batch these as below.
- Finishing – 120 grit sanding followed by de-waxed shellac with 220 sanding between coats.
|For legs, cut from the dashed lines, which are 1/2” from each edge. The 5.25 and 6.75 are lengths along the outside edges though. Alternatively, you could determine the angle from these two values and then calculate the the lengths for the actual cut piece.||The jig I made to draw semi circles and flush legs to the size.|
About the semi circle, I just used one of my wife’s planting pots to draw it. So I didn’t measure its diameter. You can use whatever shape or size you like.
|Mortise on the main board (ignore the writing), it’s the same for legs except the groove for hinge pin is on the edge rather in the middle and only half of the groove is necessary.||Simple jig made from 1/2” MDF. The dimensions for the hole depends on the flush trim router bit you are going to use. I used a 1/2” bit that came with this mortise kit. Roughly mine had about 1/16” added to actual hinge dimensions|
|I had to use this 1/8” hardboard mask over the jig to get the depth difference in the mortise for groove and the hinge plate. So the process was to route entire shape WITH mask and then route the groove only WITHOUT mask. A plunge-based router would have eliminated this need.||Cross section of the mortise|