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Farmhouse Table w_Buffet #8: A Bench is Added

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 05-05-2015 10:44 PM 1815 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Buffet Drawers Part 8 of Farmhouse Table w_Buffet series Part 9: Finish and Deliver! »

I exchanged some emails with the client during the course of the build –pics of what was in-work, along with pictures and any questions I had- and the subject of seating came up. I’m not a chairbuilder so I couldn’t help there, but when the conversation included benches I was hooked. Specifically, adding one to the build that uses turned legs and matches the table / buffet set. Prepared a simple quote and got the job. So here’s what it took to make a bench!

The legs are bought, and match the buffet exactly

Aprons are 2x material, but what kind? I purposely didn’t include material cost of aprons in the bench quote because I knew I had something that’d do. And with a trip to the in-house “Land of Detrius,” some very straight-grained fir stock appeared that’s perfect bench material (yeah, sneak peak in the pic above):

Salvage from a couple of two-panel wood doors my BIL dropped off sometime last year. Didn’t have room to store them forever, didn’t need them, so I ripped the stiles into decent sized stock and put it aside. Now, it’s getting used. Good stuff. Anyway, M&T joinery will fit this apron stock to the legs. Used the Steel City mortise first, then cut the tenons at the RAS. To check my work, I pulled the four legs and four apron pieces together. It rocked. No, not ‘rocked’ as in ‘awesome,’ but rocked as in ‘not level / flat on the floor.’ That means doing some fine-fitting when glue-up time came.

Glued and clamped up the end-cap assemblies and that step was complete.

Second fit check now says the bench frame is now square, with all four legs hitting the floor, so the side aprons can now be glued up. To be on the safe side, while the glue cured for an hour or so I weighted the bench down with the Shop Sand Bags.

The Top of the Bench rq’d the last of my 2×6 stock, milled up the same way the buffet table top had been.

Stain and clear coat remains, but bench is done! Thanks for looking!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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theoldfart

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#1 posted 05-05-2015 10:55 PM

Guy’s a fricken machine! Just churning’ the stuff out. Good looking bench Smitty, client should be pleased. I know I would be.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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Pat3

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#2 posted 05-05-2015 10:58 PM

Sweet bench. Got the bid and got to work putting out a beauty of a bench.
Lucky client.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#3 posted 05-05-2015 11:00 PM

Getting faster and better by this time… Scary how experience is such a good teacher, right? :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 05-05-2015 11:20 PM

Smitty the bench looks great. Your clients are gonna be very happy. Gear up, more work will come your way after this.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 05-05-2015 11:44 PM

Bench looks great! I understand that people are wanting benches more and more these days, so you’re working in the sweet spot!

-- Dean

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Don W

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#6 posted 05-06-2015 12:38 AM

geez Smitty, I can’t even keep up reading the blogs. You’re smoking right along.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#7 posted 05-06-2015 01:51 AM

Wow your getting fast man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 05-06-2015 02:34 AM

Smitty_Cabinetshop & Furniture

Now yer havin’ Fun. And it looks Great.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#9 posted 05-06-2015 02:48 AM

Thanks, everyone.

Confession is, I was dragging my feet a bit getting to the drawers when the request came for the bench. It was what I did while the drawers waited. The blog was basically ready to go. So, ‘objects in mirror are not as fast as they appear.’

:-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 05-06-2015 08:24 AM

Going strong Smitty, very impressive work!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#11 posted 05-06-2015 02:14 PM



So, objects in mirror are not as fast as they appear.

I agree with Don, I can hardly keep up reading! Dunno how you can work and type so quickly!

Progress looks great, BTW. you made the bench look pretty easy…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#12 posted 05-06-2015 10:47 PM

Very nice work Smitty, but I must ask about these Shop Sand Bags. I still have not been able to locate a shop log. Now I need to find some shop sand bags?

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 05-06-2015 10:57 PM

Paul, unable to find a shop log? Hate to say it, but sand bags may be tougher than a log to come across… Maybe I need to have the fabric identified and sell some empties as ‘You Fill’ shop projects!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Don W

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#14 posted 05-06-2015 11:56 PM



Paul, unable to find a shop log? Hate to say it, but sand bags may be tougher than a log to come across… Maybe I need to have the fabric identified and sell some empties as You Fill shop projects!

- Smitty_Cabinetshop

I made some for the shooting bench out of the legs of a pair of old jeans.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 05-07-2015 01:18 AM

Just like that, I’m out of business. Thanks Don…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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