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Project by Mark Kornell posted 02-21-2015 01:28 AM 2845 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 02-21-2015 02:24 AM

Great details. Looks really nice.

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 03:24 AM

The beech looks real nice with the accents of sapele. Nice design and the pics are excellent.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 03:29 AM

Nicely done stool, love how it all comes together, the joinery is awesome also

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

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 03:44 AM

Great looking bench. Another heirloom piece.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 02-21-2015 05:58 AM

That’s really cool, Mark! What a great way to spice up a simple bench! Very nicely executed!

-- "The difference between school and real life is that in real life the tests come first, and then the lessons" -- Robert Lang, ReadWatchDo.com

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#6 posted 02-21-2015 08:06 AM

Great work, it looks really sweet

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 02-21-2015 12:46 PM

I love how the oval cut out matches the grain pattern….really nice job with selection.

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#8 posted 02-21-2015 02:19 PM

nice job

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#9 posted 02-21-2015 03:58 PM

Very clean and sharp looking, Mark.
Such nice details!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 02-21-2015 04:27 PM

Thank you all for your comments.

Brad, it was fun to take the basic 4-board stool idea and make it something that looks quite different.

Tom, thank you for noticing. Personally, I think that’s the single most important detail on the whole piece.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#11 posted 02-21-2015 05:02 PM

Good job, Mark. No one has mentioned it, but the photography is excellent!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 02-21-2015 09:06 PM

Clean and elegant! I like it.

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#13 posted 02-21-2015 10:54 PM

Very nice design and build Mark.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 02-21-2015 11:14 PM

That’s a great looking bench! Very elegant and useful!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 02-22-2015 12:30 AM

Great design, I like the holes in the legs and stretcher, makes it lighter.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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