hand carved redwood bench #4: a smidgen of progress

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Blog entry by kolwdwrkr posted 08-25-2009 06:01 AM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well we were able to put about 6 more hours into the bench project this weekend. The display cabinets have been consuming our free time, but I’ve decided to stop working on it at 5 and work from 5 to 8 on the bench. We still need to sand it all, screw it all together and shape the arm rests. It’s just sitting there and the mortises are what’s holding it together. I put the seat slats down onto it so I could test the comfort. I need to shape the front slat and radious all the corners so that it feels a bit more comfortable. It’s also about 1” to high. I was shooting for 18” but then decided to make the seat curved. The 18” ended up in the back and it’s about 1” higher in the front. So the legs need cut down. It’s all simple stuff, but adds up a lot of time. I’m still unsure about what I want to do about the color and finish.

Anyhow, here it is. As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.


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#1 posted 08-25-2009 06:18 AM

Wow Keith super bench great carving

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#2 posted 08-25-2009 06:24 AM


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#3 posted 08-25-2009 08:06 AM

Far beyond my humble skills.
Very nice so far ,,, can’t wait to see the whole thing finished.

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#4 posted 08-25-2009 12:51 PM

It’s turning out to be a beautiful creation.

The design in the carving is superb.

I’d go for a clear finish.

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#5 posted 08-25-2009 02:31 PM

Looking good! I really like your carving. Do you have any close up pictures?

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#6 posted 08-25-2009 02:34 PM

It’s turning out nice as usual Kieth.
The only thing I might suggest is that you consider putting an additional brace in the center of the seat under the slats.
This little bench will be supporting the weight of two people so extra bracing wont hurt.


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#7 posted 08-25-2009 03:38 PM

Thanks guys. Denniis theres close ups in previous parts of this series. Bob, I took it a bit further and have 2 mid supports morticed in to the front and back aprons. This thing is solid with no flex. Thanks again guys for the comments

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#8 posted 08-25-2009 06:49 PM

Fantastic bench, Keith! That carving is so cool. Just feel the outdoor spirit in this piece.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 02:56 AM

Nice work Keith.

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#10 posted 09-22-2009 06:47 AM

looking good

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