Short White Water Shaker Bench

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Project by Matt posted 08-16-2015 02:46 AM 964 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another piece of “furniture of necessity” I’ve made for my house. My fiance has ordered me time and time again not to walk around the house with my work boots on. The trouble is, I really like to have a place to sit down to take my boots off after work or to put them on in the morning. So, I found plans for a replica of a Shaker bench in “Classic American Furniture,” by Chris Schwarz and the editors of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

This was a simple, quick build. I used white oak I cut last year off my family’s property in New York. The longest piece I was able to fit in my truck bed was close to 6’. This bench is made from some of those pieces. My fiance said she wanted a darker-than-natural finish on this, so I gave it a coat of Minwax Early American. After some trouble with the satin poly I added afterwards (stain probably wasn’t dry enough) I finished it with paste wax and called it done.

Despite my problems with finishing, I like this bench a lot. It’s so simple, yet feels so strong. The aprons are glued and nailed to the seat with 6d fine finish cut nails from Tremont Nail. The legs are also nailed to the seat and aprons.

This was a good introduction to working with oak…this lumber is incredibly tough. The end grain was a pleasure to plane. Fiance says she loves it.

Up next is the book case project.

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#1 posted 08-16-2015 03:35 PM

Nice looking bench. With the white oak it should last several life times. Make sure you sign and date it for future generations.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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#2 posted 08-17-2015 12:39 AM

Thanks Ric. I’ve begun signing my initials and the date under my projects before I apply the first coat of finish.

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