|Project by fiddlejake||posted 02-14-2009 09:53 PM||1526 views||6 times favorited||9 comments|
This is the first post of one of my projects, but first I’d like to thank eveyone who has posted a welcome to me. You guys are great.
There was a guy at work who had a bunch of oak in his garage. He offered to give it to me but I don’t have any oak in my house so I declined. Later, I decided to make a cello stand for one of my brothers, so I asked if I could buy a little of it. He was so excited at the prospect of getting rid of the oak that he drove home during lunch and loaded up his truck with all of it. Try as I might, he refused to take any money for the wood. A couple months later, I decided to make this bench for another brother. He had some kind of stick thing from IKEA for his shoes and I thought a bench would be nicer. Among the oak that I was given, there was a 14 inch wide board that I wanted to use for something special. As I was making the bench, I kept wondering if I loved my brother enough to use that board. Finally, I decided that I did. It worked out great. I was almost done and my wife said, “That’s a really nice bench. Are you sure you don’t want to keep it for yourself?” Ugh! I called my brother and hinted around about some things in his house. I suggested that he put a bench near his front door for his shoes and he said that he would never put a bench there. It would just get in the way of the other door (he has double doors). And that’s how I ended up with this lone piece of oak in my house.
It’s made of M/T joinery. The end stretchers are through tendons – the wedge is decorative.