White Oak Benches for Kitchen Table

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Blog entry by cpine posted 03-11-2014 04:20 AM 1208 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I make some benches to be used with our kitchen table.
A fun project that is not all that difficult. The benches turned out very sturdy and look great! Please watch and comment. Would love to hear what you all think. Thank you!


-- Chris Pine

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#1 posted 03-11-2014 06:12 AM

Looks good.
I would, however, add a middle stretcher towards the bottom to give the bench some additional strength.

I seriously need to build some benches as all of my dining chairs are on their last legs…
Spring needs to hurry up lol

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 03:08 PM

I considered that and I suppose I could always add those. I tried these out after initial assembly and it is amazing how solid they are right now. I decided these are plenty solid as is. In reviewing different benches online that folks have made I have seen several that were in this configuration. SO I suppose time will tell. Thanks for the comment!

-- Chris Pine

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#3 posted 03-12-2014 12:47 AM


A couple thoughts:

First, great video! I enjoyed it very much.

Second, I agree with the idea of a stretcher. You wouldn’t want the benches racking under a couple fidgety kids! Although, your benches don’t look to be that long, so maybe these particular ones don’t need a stretcher.

You skipped over a few items that I (and maybe others) would be interested in, such as the roundover bits you used (looked like 3/8” & 1/4”), and what finish you used. (Of course, your finish could be a proprietary blend…...!)

Anyway, I enjoyed the video, and your benches look great! Thanks for posting!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 03-17-2014 03:59 AM


I am answering your questions in my coming vide blog. I used a 3/8 inch round over bit and the finish was 2/3 polyurethane with 1/3 paint thinner. Applied like a wiping varnish. Thanks for commenting!


-- Chris Pine

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