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Sketch This! #2: Re: Entryway Bench

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Blog entry by John Steffen posted 01-25-2010 05:04 PM 2168 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Entryway Bench Part 2 of Sketch This! series Part 3: Booth »

Here is my second attempt at designing an entryway bench.

The top is similar to the first, but I’ve changed to to include less angle cuts. I’m still very fresh to woodworking and while I don’t doubt my ability to properly measure and cut angles, I would rather focus on my joinery and finishing techniques than worry about angles.

So, I’ve straightened out the legs, added stretchers across the bottom of the legs, and added a shelf of sorts for shoes and whatever else fits.

Entryway Bench

Here is a bottom view to show the stretchers/support build up on the underside. The support is probably overkill, but I really like solid, heavy furniture.

Bench Bottom

I may switch the through-tenons under the seat from the long stretchers to the short ones to be consistent with the next piece I’m going to post.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 05:13 PM

looks great, the through tenon would indeed look more fitting being on the long stretcher.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 07:46 PM

“but I really like solid, heavy furniture”...

My first reaction was to that it appears you have designed a solid, heavy piece but then I realize that I am assuming certain dimensional qualities to the design that are actually incorrect. Even though the post is titled ‘bench’ I was ‘reading’ it like a table. When i force myself to see the piece as a bench (with a height app. 18”) the design loses much of its massiveness. Perhaps adding the context to the model would be useful to determine whether the piece is really as ‘heavy’ as you want it to be.

(disclaimer this comment could be useless due to my own visual quirks and sense of scale)

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 08:16 PM

Yes, that is a fair criticism, and looking back at the pictures I can see where size reference could get lost on this piece. The duality of the word bench in the context of woodworking doesn’t help.

For reference on this piece the legs are 3”x3”, the overall height is 19 3/8” with the board on top being 1 3/8” thick.

In the future I’ll be sure to include some dimensions with these sketches.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 10:49 PM

Hank

I think the 1/6 proportion of the legs does produce the solid, heavy look you want and the actual dimensions 3×3 will appear stout in reality. Good luck with the build.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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