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Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench #1: Prepping the wood and parts

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 409 days ago 970 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am making a raised panel bench seat that is enclosed for the bedroom. As always, storage is at a premium at our place. I’m making this bench to go along a long wall will let us sit to put on our socks and still have a storage space.

In my mind it will look like this. It’s just a sketch and that’s how I usually start. The length will be 54 inches and the height 20 inches. Since it’s actually a sitting bench it will be quite squat as a chest would be much taller.
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The wood I’ve chosen will be cherry. It’s my first time working with it. I must say it’s pretty nice to work with. The other woods i’ve worked with to date are oak, maple, mahogany, and black walnut, along with some soft woods.

After jointing the edges I cut all pieces to length and then ripped them to 3” width.

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The next step was to cut the ends of the stiles.


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Then route the rail edges. The bit is an ogee shape. The raised panels will be also.



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There they are done. Next time I’ll be prepping and gluing up the insert panels and the top.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.



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doordude

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#1 posted 409 days ago

craftsman, your off to a great start.
cherry sure is nice to work with. are you going to sew up some padding to sit on? it would be a shame to cover up a nice cherry top though!
i need to get a router table set up. i may make my own table, as you have done. but what kind of router lift would you recomend? there is so many choices. i’ll probally use a dedicated porter cable router.
nice to see you presenting another project, on these warm sunny days.oopps you live on the east coast not in northern california.sorry

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 409 days ago

Thanks doordude, I have the larger triton router in my table. It has a built in lift and is very powerful. Lots of good lifts out there though but pricey.
Yes I’m on the cold east coast of Maine but I have a shop that is easily heated in about 20 minutes. After that I’m in my shirtsleeves.
I haven’t blogged much lately as it’s been a long winter. Finger infection then c.diff disease which was a bear to get rid of. On the mend now though.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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grizzman

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#3 posted 409 days ago

hey there dan, have missed you, glad to see your feeling better, what kind of disease did you get or have…. i dont know what c.diff is..im looking forward to seeing your bench, i have been working with some cherry also, and i really like it..have fun with this and i shall follow along…i did another chess board for a fellow jock and now im making me and my wife a nice wooden tv tray…the lap kind…will post in a few days…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 409 days ago

I love getting ready for a big project like that.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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sandhill

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#5 posted 409 days ago

Very nice. How does your bench clamps work? Seems interesting.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 409 days ago

You always come up with very nice designs and then implement them beautifully! This one looks like another good one. Was your C. diff the result of the antibiotic therapy for the finger? This happens a lot in horses and is often fatal.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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grizzman

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#7 posted 409 days ago

ok…i think i got it,,does it mean a vitamin c deficiency

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 409 days ago

When you take a long regimen of antibiotic it can kill all the bacteria in your colon. When that happens c.diff, a bad bacteria of opportunity grows and takes over. It is not a fun time and it doesn’t like to give up the real estate. Another antibiotic is used to kill it and hopefully your own good bacteria regrow. Mine have taken nearly all winter. You’re pretty much delegated to be near a bathroom all the time and in my case it caused bleeding. I became extremely anemic and had to be admitted to the hospital for a blood transfusion. Anyway. Things are much better and so far the c.diff is being held down and I’m getting back to normal. So far…

The bench clamps are part of the workbench design. Fine Woodworkings ‘new fangled workbench’.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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doordude

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#9 posted 409 days ago

thanks craftsman for the info. i thought you had recovered from the finger surgery. sorry to hear you’ve been fighting another complication, of the finger. but hopefully your on the mend now. also glad to hear your toasty in your shop. it will keep you occupied as you watch snow fly across the lake. at least it looks nice in my mind.
keep up the blog on your project.

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 400 days ago

Great start to a what will be a great bench. I’m currently making one for Blondie as well. I have a bad habit of not looking at the Blog section here so I’m catching up… On to part II Smile….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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