Daughter's Bench Seat

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 11-21-2014 01:15 AM 1623 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench seat for my daughter. The woods are a mix of solid oaks, oak plywood, Baltic birch plywood, purple heart and bloodwood.

The corners dovetails, the drawer stops and locks, and the drawer pulls are bloodwood. The drawer faces are solid oak with purple heart edge banding tongue and grooved to the oak. Drawer box sides are solid oak with Baltic birch bottoms.

Picture one is the bench before the arms were put on.

Picture two is shows the sliding tray.

Picture three is shows the fit on the hinged lid.

Picture four show the drawer stops and locks which use brass bars to implement the stops and locks.

Picture five show the tapered sliding dovetailed drawer dividers used to stiffen the drawer carcase.

The finish is two coats of Danish applied two days apart followed by three more days of curing time, then four coats of wipe on poly. Three more days of cure time, then the surface was lightly sanded at 600 grit and steel wooled. Hard paste wax was then applied to all surfaces.

Thanks for looking in Lumberjocks.

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 04:28 AM

A lot of thoughtful details went into this piece. I know she will pass it along

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 01:39 PM

Absolutely amazing. I think this is the nicest bench seat I have ever seen. Love the design that you came up with and the contrasting of the woods. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 02:35 PM

Thanks guys.

Norman, I hope it will be passed along, too. It was a real challenge to build. Since I have only a small garage – with no heat – I had to bring it inside. Right after I started it we had our first night below freezing. Glue and cold do not work well together.

Hoss, I’m glad you like it. My daughter likes it, too. This was undoubtedly the most challenging piece I’ve ever built. I had to make a bunch of sleds, jigs, and templates to pull it off. I have a much better understanding of my biscuit joiner, now, too. In total there are more than 120 biscuits in this. Lots of people seem to like the brass and bloodwood drawer locks and stops. The bloodwood drawer pulls are quite nice. They have a nice iridescence to them.

Have a great day Lumberjocks.

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 03:44 PM

Real nice. A lot of well executed details in your piece. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 08:10 PM

Very fine piece of furniture!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 04:45 PM

Very, very nice. I predict it will become a family heirloom.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#7 posted 11-23-2014 02:22 AM

Great design & execution. Do you keep track of the time it took to build?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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