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Donnas "Chunky" Bench.

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Project by jinkyjock posted 07-30-2015 03:23 PM 1602 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again,
the reason for the title has a simple explanation.
This bench was made for my nephew Stephen’s wife,
when asked which style she would like the bench made in,
Donna’s response was simply put, “Chunky” she said.
She was delighted with the finished article so it’s satisfying to have met my brief.
My nephew Stephen is in construction and provided the lumber.

He gave me some scaffolding battens and fence-posts.
Initially I had intended to use the fence-posts for the legs but changed my mind and the bench was made solely from the battens.

After roughly sizing I ran a hand plane over the lumber to clean it up and then sanded the worst marks out with 80grit on my ROS.
I deliberately left some saw marks etc. to retain some of the rough character of the planks.

The legs are 2 sections butted together with double biscuits and then clamped and screwed.
They were then shaped with a jigsaw.

The rest of the joints are all half-lap, 34 in total,
these were all cut on my table-saw then glued and screwed.



For a finish I used 5 coats of Poly Yacht Varnish as the bench will be outside at all times.


All in all quite an interesting project with I hope once more good use made of recycled materials.
I have a dream….....one day someone will give me a huge pile of Oak/Maple/Cherry/Walnut to work.
Thank you for looking and any comments/feedback are welcome.
Cheers, Jinky (James).





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woodshopmike

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#1 posted 07-30-2015 03:34 PM

well done on your “chunky” bench!

-- www.woodshopmike.com, www.woodshopmikestudio.etsy.com

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 07-30-2015 03:59 PM

Love this! I may try making something similar for the property. Thanks for sharing your fine work, Jinky.

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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jinkyjock

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#3 posted 07-30-2015 04:14 PM

Thank you Mike.
Of similar proportions to “Big Blue”.

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jinkyjock

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 04:21 PM

Thank you Paul.
I am certain when your “Dungeon” is ready many projects will be forthcoming.

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Paul Bucalo

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#5 posted 07-30-2015 04:31 PM



Thank you Paul.
I am certain when your “Dungeon” is ready many projects will be forthcoming.

- jinkyjock

Heh. You are too kind. I can only hope so. :)

-- Paul, Upstate New York, USA

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 07-30-2015 04:45 PM

It looks nice.

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

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

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jinkyjock

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#7 posted 07-30-2015 05:30 PM

Thank you Charles.

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#8 posted 07-30-2015 09:56 PM

Great joinery! And a great job!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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jinkyjock

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#9 posted 07-30-2015 10:17 PM

Thank you Todd,
it’s good to hear such positive comments from fellow ‘jocks.

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Sam Knight

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#10 posted 08-01-2015 01:17 PM

Great looking bench. Solid construction, should last a lifetime. The wife says you and I build things as if to withstand a hurricane. I say, why bother if it won’t hold up.
Funny thing….you and I have the same dream about the oak, cherry, maple, and walnut. Lol

-- Sam

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jinkyjock

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#11 posted 08-01-2015 08:06 PM

Thank you Sam.
The last hurricane to pass through Chapelhall was called ”Victoria”.
Nothing wrong with “Clyde-Built”.

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Sam Knight

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#12 posted 08-02-2015 04:36 PM

I know all too well about Hurricane Victoria. Lol

-- Sam

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Roger

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#13 posted 08-02-2015 05:46 PM

Still a nice place to sit

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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jinkyjock

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#14 posted 08-02-2015 08:01 PM

Yes indeed Roger.
And you can smell the roses, on either side.

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