salvaged wood bench

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Project by squaretree posted 04-22-2014 01:51 AM 975 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’m at the flea market, and there stands this old worn out piece of wood that used to be a benchtop. Judging by the four holes in the top, i’m guessing it had a grinder mounted to it. The notch on one side, therefore, would be for the power cord to slip through. (My best guess anyway) $15 later I was lugging it to the car.
The board seemed to be the perfect size for a bench, and I felt like doing a quick and fun project, so a bench it would be! But to keep it fun, I decided it needed something a little crazy. So I laminated a curved stretcher out of oak strips, cut the mortises at an angle, and attached the stretcher to the top with an eyebolt. The idea was to make it look like the bolt is pulling the stretcher up, when in fact it is actually pushing the stretcher down and into the legs. This also eliminated the need for wedges on the outside of the legs. Just a quick, fun build.

It was way to quirky for my wife’s taste, though. So a CL ad and $125 later, I was lugging it to someone else’s car :)

-- if you can't find me, just follow the extension cord

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 02:57 AM

Great job on the build and the sale. I did think the bolt was pulling the stretcher up.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 03:00 AM

It’s a cool project. I’ll bet you were tempted to run a plane over it just to see what lurked below. Glad you resisted, if so. That patina was hard won.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 07:23 AM

Cool project. The Eyebolt had me scratching my head till I read your description.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 12:50 PM

Nice job in seeing the diamond in the rough and congrats on a sweet sale.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 04-22-2014 01:08 PM

very nice, and a nice profit!

-- Steve

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 12:19 AM

Great looking bench, and an even nicer looking profit!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 05-08-2014 08:56 PM

Well played, sir. Well played!

-- The seeds of doubt need neither sun nor water to flourish, but if they do, cut'em down and make a bench out of 'em.

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