|Project by Douglas||posted 04-01-2015 09:53 PM||3491 views||32 times favorited||14 comments|
A few months ago, I built this simple bench from walnut. The design was adapted from one in the H. H. Windsor “Mission Furniture: How To Make It” series, published in 1909 (PDF and eBook downloadable for free from http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/25975 at Project Gutenberg). I’d had this book for a while, and while most of the designs are a little clunky, they’re charming. This piece, particularly the odd cut-out shape at the base of the legs, seemed intriguing to me. It has that medieval-meets-modern feel of the early English Arts and Crafts movement. I also wanted to make something with wedged tenons/tusk tenons, something I hadn’t done before. I was wary about removing too much material on the stretcher where the wedge applies pressure. I suppose I’ll get braver in the future and make those a little thinner. This was a very straight ahead build, and didn’t take very long. It is finished with Arm-R-Seal urethane + oil blend. It’s worked out well this past winter as the “sit down and take your boots off” bench by the front door.