|Project by OttoH||posted 06-21-2014 12:41 AM||891 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Here is a Hard Maple bench that I designed and built for the entryway at the church. The bench weighs about 100 pounds and was built to withstand eons of use. As usual I over engineered it, but I wanted to make sure that it was safe for our elderly parishioners. I researched the ADA (American Disability Act) laws to make sure the bench heights and dimensions were all legal.
The bench is securely bolted to the studs in the wall with lag bolts, so it is sturdy enough to hold the handrail without fear of it tipping over or pulling away from the wall.
I had three gentlemen from the church stop by for a few hours to help with the construction and staining of the bench. We had a great time and we are all very happy with the results of our work.
The bench was made from the four ten foot long maple boards in the second picture. The text in the back was carved in my CNC machine, the arm spindles were turned on the lathe, and of course we used the table saw, band saw, drill press, planer, jointer, and hand sanders to complete the project.
To finish it off the bench got three coats of stain and several coats of wax.
And of course to add a bit of symbolism the three beads on each arm spindle stand for the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD