|Project by Mark Kornell||posted 02-21-2015 01:28 AM||2536 views||18 times favorited||20 comments|
We lived without a bench in the mud room of the new house for six months, but that became a bit tedious. I had an 8/4 beech board that was the right width for a bench seat, so that was the obvious choice for the base wood. The accents are sapele, which has a nice contrast to the beech. Finish is Minwax Wipe-On Poly, 4 coats.
I decided to make this an exercise in curvature, wanting a very organic look for the base. This is further complicated by the angled legs with through wedged tenons into the top. As always, I created a model in SketchUp first. That was fairly straightforward (there are only 4 major pieces, 2 of which are identical), but the fact the legs are angled 5° off vertical made it more interesting.
The model can be accessed in the 3D Warehouse – here
The set of plans can be accessed here as a PDF.
I made 2 on-the fly changes which are not reflected in the SketchUp model. First, I added the curves to the sides of the legs. Second, I made the through mortises square. I thought that was more fitting with the square bench seat.
-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design