Little Green Bench

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Project by RedBeard posted 04-24-2009 10:47 PM 2523 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on the classic little bench. The theme is St. Patrick’s Day. It’s joined with dovetails at the top and a mortise and tenon stretcher. I used water-based green dye on walnut (forgive me) with a black pore-filler, and then sprayed it with several coats of lacquer. This really made the grain pop, and created an affect like nothing I had ever seen. It’s the perfect place to set a pint of Guinness or your favorite Irish Whiskey.

-- Measure once, cut twice

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#1 posted 04-25-2009 12:15 AM

The green is cool!

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 04:01 AM

nice work evan this is the st pattys day bench.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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patrick m

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#3 posted 07-04-2009 08:09 PM

GO IRISH!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#4 posted 07-04-2009 11:03 PM

Very unique I like the green

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 04:13 PM

Very sharp project. I am going to have to get more into dyes. Love the way this came out.

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 07:21 PM

A beautiful bench, & as Irish as you can get.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 07-23-2009 11:16 PM

GREAT my wife would paint butter if she could make it stick . It works for the girls i sit with . thanks for sharing

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 01:21 PM

ahh yesss . whatever possessed you to stain Walnut??.... whatever the reason, it worked gr8! that is just way kool.. a pint o Guinness sounds good. this looks like a nice place to sit & have one or two.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 02-16-2012 01:21 PM

On another subject, i really would like some input on a Mimi Lathe, can someone out there, tell me if the Delta, or Jet, or whatever is the best investment. I want to buy a mini lathe, but the reviews i have read, are not all good, and some are, it’s like a 50 -50 thing,
So come on guys and gals, let me have a wood turners opinion….
Thanks ZAZZ.


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#10 posted 02-16-2012 02:22 PM

We forgive you for staining Walnut, only because the green really does look cool! Nice bench.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#11 posted 02-16-2012 05:36 PM

Nice job, and artistic woodworker for sure.

-- Zippo, Auburn California

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#12 posted 02-19-2012 05:21 PM

Nice job . The greene looks different but good

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .

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#13 posted 02-22-2012 04:45 AM

great color! I’m biased about green anyway. all my ancestors on both sides are Irish. I noticed that on my first post I used the term greenwood working. What I meant was working with green oak, hickory and walnut. All of which are inabundance in my part of the woods. I have been following Peter Follandsbee as well as some other chair and stool makers working from fresh riven wood. I have yet to start my first project, because I’m still either looking for or building my list of tools for this kind of work.

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 02:06 PM

Most of my ancestors are Irish and Scots and it’s a really nice conversation piece to me. I love the color and the grain and you did a very nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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