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Project by grantd posted 01-19-2015 03:51 PM 865 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I’ve just wrapped and wanted to share with all of you. Bench is made of red oak with mortise and tenon joinery throughout. I’ve started woodworking within the last year with a couple of Adirondack chairs and some shop furniture so it’s a really satisfying change of pace to make a piece of functional indoor furniture that I use daily.

Firsts for this project
  • First time making mortise and tenon joints.
  • First time using a thickness planer
  • First piece of indoor furniture
  • First time mounting hinges
  • First time applying finish (other than exterior painting/staining)

Finish is 2 coats of Minwax special walnut stain followed by 2 coats of Minwax satin poly thinned 50/50 with mineral spirits and wiped on with a rag.

If there is interest I do have a sketchup drawing that I can share.

Design credit goes to Brianthesawdustmaker who posted a similar project a while back that I referenced when making mine.





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nuttree

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#1 posted 01-19-2015 05:35 PM

Nice bench. I would love to see the sketch up drawing.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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grantd

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#2 posted 01-20-2015 01:52 AM

Thanks nuttree. Here is a link to the sketchup file. I built pretty close to the model but adapted a bit as the material and build dictated.

Sketchup File

Let me know if you have any trouble downloading it.

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Limberlumber

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#3 posted 01-20-2015 02:07 AM

very nice, I like the finish
how did you make the mortise, I usually use a router

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grantd

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#4 posted 01-20-2015 04:24 AM



very nice, I like the finish
how did you make the mortise, I usually use a router

- Limberlumber

Thanks Limberlumber,

I changed strategy on that one part way through. Initially I removed most of the material with a forstner bit and chiseled a couple of them out by hand before wising up and using a router. I knew the router method was the best solution from the get go but I was struggling to get the setup correct. It still wasn’t perfect but it worked well enough to get the job done. Next time will be better I’m sure.

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ohwoodeye

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#5 posted 01-20-2015 04:56 PM

Looks good. Was a bit surprised by the second picture to see that the top opened. It never crossed my mind….......but is a very smart idea.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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grantd

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#6 posted 01-21-2015 02:44 PM

thanks ohwoodeye. The lifting top definitely adds utility to the piece.

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 03-20-2015 09:09 PM

Nice bench. Nice firsts. It’s good to make functional pieces. Makes you want to make more. Problem is you can only fit so many in your house. :-))

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 03-20-2015 11:50 PM

Good job.
Good looking and functional.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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grantd

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#9 posted 03-27-2015 01:35 AM



Nice bench. Nice firsts. It s good to make functional pieces. Makes you want to make more. Problem is you can only fit so many in your house. :-))

- firefighterontheside

Thanks. Thankfully I’m in my 20’s so my wife and I don’t have a house full of furniture yet and a lot of what we have we’re not at all attached to.

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