Fun-Sized Furniture with a 1:6 Scale Prototype Bench
Building furniture is always very satisfying, but building a scale model of a piece of furniture is really fun. I’m a fan of playing to your strengths. So that’s why I only spend a small amount of time fussing with a drawing. My skills are somewhat lacking in that area. I do much better working in three dimensions. Scale models allow me to get to a place where I know the design and proportions work well together. This one took me about 4 hours, including the mini parts milling. I used some Niangon wood left over from an older project, which has some similarities to the Teak I’ll be using for the full size version. I also used Gorilla Glue’s new Gel formula super glue to hold everything together. It’s viscosity prevents drips from occurring like regular superglue, and it hold well after about 10-15 seconds of holding a piece in place, completely dry in under a minute.
Much like my previous prototyping exercise, I’ll still work on refining the full-sized bench as I go. Elements like curves, tapers and edge details are tough to convey in a small 1:6 scale version. For this design, I’ve chosen to build a backless bench, and instead build some utility into the curved arms. My goal is to have the arm rest serve as a back rest for someone who wants to lean back and put their feet up. The shaping and overall size of that will probably take a few test pieces to get right on the full size version.
The construction of the full-size Teak version of this bench will use Gorilla Glue’s original Polyurethane formula, originally designed to handle oily tropical woods like teak. It’s water proof formula will handle the elements well. Mortise and tenon joinery will be strengthened with draw bore pegs. Built to last for a while outdoors.