A pair of Benches

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Project by Tony posted 12-11-2008 08:55 PM 4043 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These benches were designed to compliment the table I made last month Click for details – again made from Finnish White Oak, the same tree as for all of this series of projects.

The bent form was steam bend first, to relieve the stresses in the wood (it was splitting and breaking when bent cold for lamination), then after an hour or so, glue was applied to the laminations and clamped up over night – 4 pieces in total. the halves of the arch were joined with a simple lap joint, the glued and clamped together.

The compound Mortise and tennon joinery was undertaken using the Leigh FMT, which was a breeze, about an hour saw all the legs and rails finished and fitting perfectly first time (more luck than judgment I think) – the tennons on the arches were cut and trimmed by hand (this took some time, to get the angles just right).

The finish on the project is Polyx hard wax oil and Fiddes supreme wax.

I am not sure what is on the cards for next year with this customer, I still have about 150BF remaining from the tree, some 4”x4” 3”x3” 2 1/2”x12” all about 10’ long, most of what I have used so far was the smaller pieces and the not so nice pieces for the 4 projects to date – time will tell what will come next.

Here are a few more photographs


The legs and arches are pretty much identical on both benches. This photograph is of the two tops side by side

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#1 posted 12-11-2008 09:02 PM

Beautiful Job… The top looks a lot like American Hickory… to me

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#2 posted 12-11-2008 09:21 PM

Very nice. I really like how they are book-matched.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 12-11-2008 09:21 PM

Wow What a nice job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 12-11-2008 10:23 PM

Great looking job Tony!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 12-11-2008 10:57 PM

Very nice. Looks like solid wood for the arches this time. Are my eyes deceiving me?

-- Doug, woodworking in Alabama

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#6 posted 12-11-2008 11:20 PM

Beautiful work as always, Tony! These will compliment the table very nicely.

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#7 posted 12-11-2008 11:52 PM

Beautiful benches, Tony!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 12-11-2008 11:57 PM

The arches are 5 strips (6mm / 1/4”) of oak sequentially cut, steam bent and then laminated together.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#9 posted 12-12-2008 01:24 AM

Good one,Tony.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 12-12-2008 05:03 PM

Beautiful benches Tony, wow, bookmatched.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 12-12-2008 08:44 PM

Marvellous benches.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 12-12-2008 11:08 PM

Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#13 posted 12-13-2008 09:27 PM

what a cool series of projects…looks good…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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