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Project by Yonak posted 08-03-2015 01:56 AM 1906 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this walnut bench for my auto mechanic, Jack. He’s a really special guy .. a true American hero.

He grew up on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia playing hockey and fighting and, often times, both. I believe he’d rather have fought than scored a goal. He spent four years in the Royal Canadian Air Force, following the lead of his father.

After the four years in the Canadian military he joined the US Army so he could go to Viet Nam. He flew Hueys. He was shot down twice. The second time the bullet went up through the sole of his foot and up through his calf, taking out half the muscle.

He told me his proudest moment was when he reached Full Bird Colonel and his retired father saluted him as a subordinate officer, as his father only made it to Lieutenant Colonel.

Jack’s a good friend and a hell of an auto mechanic.





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david38

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#1 posted 08-03-2015 01:16 PM

nice build

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ScottMorrison

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#2 posted 08-03-2015 02:52 PM

Awesome bench…looks very comfortable. Lovely lines. Your design skills are truly top notch.

And for me, please thank your mechanic friend for his service.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana, http://www.finewoodworker.com

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 08-03-2015 03:12 PM

This turned out so nicely. It’s beautiful.

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

-- 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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Tom Regnier

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#4 posted 08-03-2015 10:22 PM

Hey, great job on this…very cool looking piece. The legs/ arms look to be multiple pieces…how thick?

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CookdGrainz

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#5 posted 08-03-2015 11:27 PM

great looking bench I know it will be appreciated as is his service to this country !

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#6 posted 08-03-2015 11:41 PM

Wonderful bench, a fitting tribute to a warrior.

-- Smitty

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#7 posted 08-03-2015 11:54 PM

Beautiful bench, and beautiful tribute!

-- Dean

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Gary

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#8 posted 08-04-2015 12:29 AM

Great looking bench.

-- Gary, Florida

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Mcnervy

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#9 posted 08-04-2015 12:41 AM

Eye catching beautiful design.
Great story, wonderful to put your talents into a appreciative project for a hero!
Nice work.

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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Yonak

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#10 posted 08-04-2015 02:59 AM

Thank you so much, everyone.

Tom, the ends are three 3/4” pieces stacked and staggered for strength .. total of 2-1/4”.

Bennett, yes, I appreciate Jack’s service and he and his wife, Sue, really like the bench. I originally meant it as a garden bench, because their yard is so beautiful. I put no finish on it so it would gray naturally. ..But Sue thought it looked like a train station bench and wanted it indoors, so I finished it and they put it in their foyer. They found a great spot for it on the stone floor with plants on either side.

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luv2learn

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#11 posted 08-04-2015 02:50 PM

What an awesome story and what a beautiful bench.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 08-04-2015 04:18 PM

Great Job !!!!

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califreeman86

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#13 posted 11-06-2015 03:50 PM

You have some great work, nice finish!

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