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Project by stevo_wis posted 07-10-2015 01:34 AM 1591 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this week I spent two days with my 14 year old grandson Christopher building this bench. Actually, I just helped and hopefully taught him something, but he did all the work. It is actually a very challenging project as the tenons protrude through the top as well as the stretcher tenons fitting through the legs and finally wedge shaped tusks hold the entire piece together. The mortises have to be chiseled precisely and the stretcher has to be the exact length for the bench to be complete. The legs and all the mortises all angle at 9 degrees. All the work was done with hand tools utilizing hand planes and chisels. He did an excellent job and we both really worked hard and had fun.
The bench is finished in red milk paint under black milk paint and then sealed with tung oil.

-- Stevo





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carpentersson

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#1 posted 07-10-2015 01:49 AM

Very interesting project. Hope that you and your grandson had a wonderful time building this project. What wood did you use for this project?

Time with children will keep us young.

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stevo_wis

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#2 posted 07-10-2015 02:00 AM

The bench was made of pine. Time with kids certainly does keep us young.

-- Stevo

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exelectrician

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#3 posted 07-10-2015 06:33 AM

Nice to see the skills being passed down. Christopher will remember this project all through his life. well done!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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GerardoArg1

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#4 posted 07-10-2015 11:32 AM

Congratulations to Christopher and Grandpa. Thank for share.

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 07-10-2015 01:33 PM

That is nice little bench, a super little project to spend to with your Grandson on.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 07-10-2015 01:40 PM

Well, Christopher did a fine job on this. Nice job of teaching, Grandpa.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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stefang

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#7 posted 07-11-2015 09:54 AM

Wow, impressive work by your grandson and great mentoring by yourself. The result looks very professional. A useful and beautiful bench. No better way to bond with the grandkids. These sessions build lifelong memories and have very positive effects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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madts

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#8 posted 07-12-2015 03:28 AM

Looks like an interesting to tackle. Nice job to the grandson. I will save this one for the future.

Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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