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Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench #4: Remaining panels glued up and then box assembled

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 534 days ago 943 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Raised panels, dry fit and one side glue-up Part 4 of Enclosed Cherry Raised Panel Bench series Part 5: New top and skirt! »

Today I glued up the other three sides. By applying a pocket hole screw to the back side of each joint I was able to remove the clamps and keep on working. The base is a piece of 3/4” birch plywood. I may (or may not) finish the bottom with cedar later on. I haven’t decided yet. Grizzman mentioned it and now it’s in my head.

I first glued and screwed the ends to the plywood by placing the ends off the side of the bench on the rail of my ‘newfangled bench’. The end panel was flush with the bench top and I simply put the plywood bottom over it and glued and screwed it on. Next I turned the unit of bottom and end panels upright and applied glue to the wide front and back panels. After lining them up clamps were applied. I’ll fashion some round over corner braces after and glue them in to reinforce the corners. I contemplated forty fiving the corners but remembered that in other projects placing one board on the edge of another and sanding makes the seam often almost impossible to see. The corner stiles of the ends are 3/4” narrower so when the front glues onto them it will bring the corner pieces on the ends to a full 3”.

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This is a fun build so far. Tomorrow I’ll work on smoothing the top. That should take some time. I’ll also, if I have time, cut the skirt/legs for the bottom edge. Now that I am well again life is good.

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



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Tim Dahn

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#1 posted 534 days ago

Coming along very nice!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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sandhill

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#2 posted 534 days ago

Glad to hear your well, This looks like a nice project did you come up with the plan yourself?

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

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 533 days ago

That is even more beautiful today. Have you laid some scraps out in the sun yet? That looks like some REALLY nice cherry!

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 533 days ago

The bench/chest is like a few I’ve seen on LJ’s. I just modified it to fit my needs as a bench and for the size. I always sort of make things off the cuff.

gfadvm…. I’d have to leave the cherry out in the rain and ice. Can’t do it now for sure.

-- 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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#5 posted 533 days ago

i see the red cedar contrast down on the bottom and i see a complete piece, if you leave the raw plywood down there, its always going to feel unfinished, when you open it to get things out, you will love the smell of cedar…you will love the color put a few coats of BLO on it after its done,, and when you want that good cedar smell, just bring it outside and go over it with 320 sand paper,, you will have a wonderful chest…

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#6 posted 533 days ago

Very nice build so far, I love it. The five raised panels look awesome in a row, and the workmanship is top-notch. Thanks for bringing us along.

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

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stefang

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#7 posted 533 days ago

Looks wonderful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Philip

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#8 posted 533 days ago

Looking good!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 533 days ago

“Rain and Ice” Yuck! Maybe just put some in the window where the sun can shine on it (if the sun ever shines there!)

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 533 days ago

I had some woodcraft tongue oil left over from a walnut bed I built recently. I put wiped some of it on a scrap of cherry. Looks pretty good. I’ve got to think about this.

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

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Tim Dahn

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#11 posted 532 days ago

Just to give you an idea how the cherry will change. First picture is just after finishing a year ago, the second taken today.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Ken90712

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#12 posted 530 days ago

Wowza… Looking really good.

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

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