Peace Bench

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 2608 days ago 2634 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The joinery in my Peace Bench is inspired by the japanese furniture maker Kintaro Yazawa, whose remarkable joinery is highlighted in the June 2007 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine. The bench is made from a single board of 5/4 mahogany. It’s dimensions are 26” high, 8” wide, and 30” long. The ‘olive branches’ inlay is made with sand-shaded holly veneer. I made the ‘dove and heart’ joinery by first making (unusually shaped) dovetail pins in the usual hand-sawn way but with the doves and heart cut into the ends of the pins using a straight bit in a Dremmel tool mounted on a Stewart-MacDonald router base, following Yazawa’s method. The tails are cut somewhat like those of half-blind dovetails but with an added step of opening areas for the doves and heart to penetrate, again following Yazawa’s method. It turns out that making these kinds of joints is slow going but not overly difficult. Some of Yazawa’s other style joints look really impossible, so I’ve put them off for the future after more late-night thinking.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 2608 days ago

that is some very impressive woodworking! Are you going to enter this in the Wood Joinery contest?

Not that I really want to give myself any more competition than necessary, but this piece certainly belongs in the contest!

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 2608 days ago

Very, very cool :) Well done.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 2608 days ago

Very Nice – Thanks for sharing

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 2608 days ago

This is incredible. Thanks for showing us these.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 2608 days ago

Not too difficult, huh? Why do I not believe you? LOL

Very sweet!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 2608 days ago

Just beautiful, SLW. The joinery is very unusual and the resulting bench stunning.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 2608 days ago

Thanks, Darryl. Following your suggestion, I have entered the 2007 Lumberjocks contest. I also browsed your projects. They are very nice and demonstrate lots of skill. Thanks to all the others who have also posted generous comments about my Peace Bench. I looked at your many projects too. As a Lumberjocks newbie, I am impressed by all of the talent. I am also impressed by how easy it is to interact with other woodworkers via this Lumberjocks website.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#8 posted 2608 days ago

I’m in agreement with your comments about the LJ web site. Martin has done a wondeful job putting this community together.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Greg Mitchell

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#9 posted 2608 days ago

Great job on the bench! Beautiful workmenship!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#10 posted 2608 days ago

Spetacular joinery and inlay. A very beautiful bench. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 2607 days ago

Excellent work. Those are impressive joints.

-- Chelle

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#12 posted 2607 days ago

Very nice bench StL.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 2607 days ago

Real dove dovetails, and lovetails. Wonderful work, SLW. Thanks for sharing.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 2607 days ago


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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dennis mitchell

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#15 posted 2607 days ago

Very inspiring!

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