Mid Century Bench

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Project by david_larch posted 08-12-2014 07:24 PM 2241 views 27 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished: Mid Century Bench in solid walnut with a hand woven danish cord seat. Coming in at 48”x16”x18” this bench works great in an entry way or at the foot of a bed.

This bench was a super fun build, looks beautiful and most important: it is functional in every day life.

The signature horns on the ends of the bench are hand carved. This Danish Cord is a great contrast to the richness of the walnut, is an unbleached paper product and very sustainable. Finish is Arm-R-Seal, hand rubbed.

I loved designing and building this bench. I didnt get much time with it, it sold less than 24 hours after completion.

Thanks for looking.

Alibi Woodworks.


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#1 posted 08-12-2014 07:40 PM

Just wow! What a great looking peice. The Danish coard seat fits it perfectly. I might have to research it for a project. It looks very complicated.

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 08:35 PM

Looks great! Superbly executed and that cord seat looks like it took some time to make..
Where did the inspiration come from?

Thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 08-12-2014 09:14 PM

Elegant design and finely crafted David. Not surprised it sold fast.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#4 posted 08-12-2014 10:00 PM

Wonderful work. Excellent!

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#5 posted 08-12-2014 11:51 PM

beautiful bench. A great design and it look well crafted.

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#6 posted 08-13-2014 01:23 AM

That is fantastic!

Is it an original design, or a take on an older deign?

Either way, its gorgeous.

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#7 posted 08-13-2014 03:33 AM

I was raised with mid-century furniture and this is a nice piece! The Danish cord is beautifully done. How many hours did it take to complete the wood and cord work?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 08-13-2014 03:49 AM

very nice…clean..

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#9 posted 08-13-2014 06:21 AM

Very Elegant!

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#10 posted 08-13-2014 12:38 PM

Beautiful work. Really captures the spirit of mid-century furniture.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#11 posted 08-13-2014 01:12 PM

A beautiful design! I really like how the cord seat draws attention to the wood frame.

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#12 posted 08-13-2014 02:16 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

This is an original design created under my own label: Alibi Woodworks. I make mid century inspired furniture almost exclusively so I have been able to draw on subtle ques from the past like tapered and splayed legs. The horns on the end are part of my signature and draw loosely from my shop logo.

As for the time involved I’ll have to estimate 60-80 hours. It’s the little things that add up, like sanding, finishing and scraping glue. The weave took me a little over a week of nights and weekends with a few hours at a time. I actually built a quasi similar prototype first, in the form of a bar height stool, so I had learned my lessons (mostly) when I got to the bench.

Thanks again for the comments.


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#13 posted 08-13-2014 02:19 PM

quite a striking bench..

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#14 posted 08-13-2014 03:59 PM

The Mid-Century designs are among my favorite and I LOVE this piece!

Excellent design and great craftsmanship on display here!

Well Done!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 08-13-2014 06:46 PM

WOW so beautiful great design

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