oak bench

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Project by fiddlejake posted 02-14-2009 09:53 PM 1796 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

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Will Mego

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#1 posted 02-14-2009 09:59 PM

really nice, I love the simple nature of it! It’s pure.

-- "That which has in itself the greatest use, possesses the greatest beauty." -

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#2 posted 02-14-2009 10:27 PM

I agree with Will Mego. Really Nice.

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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#3 posted 02-14-2009 10:43 PM

It’s really cool, I mean the idea of faked wedges. I was wondering why my trestle table is so shaky. It should be glued! Thanks a lot for the hint! The bench is a solid piece, I like angled joinery.

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#4 posted 02-14-2009 11:44 PM

That is a heck of a nice looking bench! You did well – it looks really sturdy. Much an improvement over some particle board Ikea stand.

I too think the angled joinery was done well. I think it demonstrates skill that most non-woodworkers overlook.

Thanks for posting – it may have inspired me to make something similar for our porch!


-- "Start with ten.....end with ten"

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#5 posted 02-15-2009 12:13 AM

Welcome to LJs
Absolutely beautiful bench , and that one piece top is remarkable !
You can post 3 more pics of your new baby here .
Do you wear the ‘heels’ in the shop ? LOL….... Have a great weekend : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 02-15-2009 12:15 AM

Very nice work and i really like the design !

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#7 posted 02-15-2009 03:40 AM

Very nicely done. I know that would get a lot of use in my house

-- Jed, northern NY

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#8 posted 02-15-2009 07:12 PM

Added to my favorites. My wife would love one of these. Great job.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#9 posted 02-17-2009 01:27 AM

Great job

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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