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I had been using some night stands found in my basement as a bench for helm and weapons and they worked really well for the camera shots I wanted, but were a little hard to sit on for long periods of time.

I didn’t think I was going to be able to fix that in time for the shoot, but luckily came across an entire set of chairs at good will for 30 bucks.

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What I’m trying to do works better if it’s a bench so Trey stripped them down.

Adding these cushions raised the bench too high though, so we had to figure out how cut about 3 inches off each leg.

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Neither one of us is much of a carpenter so I thought “what would my dad do” and did a half-assed version of that.

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Basically we used this patio footrest as a jig to hold the table in place. This let us know we were cutting the exact same spot on every leg.

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This worked better then I had hoped, all eight legs are perfectly level.

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With some braces added to hold it together and the backs used on the side we had a new bench, better then the old bench!

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I had originally planned to leave it with the wood trim to match the captains chair, but with the grey sides covering the built in drawers it looks a little odd so if we have time on Wednesday Trey and I may paint it grey.

Will we do it? Stay tuned to this blog for the exciting answer!