Peace Bench

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 07-07-2007 07:37 PM 3851 views 6 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 07-07-2007 07:48 PM

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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#2 posted 07-07-2007 08:43 PM

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 07-07-2007 10:06 PM

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 07-07-2007 10:57 PM

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 07-07-2007 11:00 PM

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

Very sweet!

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

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#6 posted 07-07-2007 11:03 PM

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 07-08-2007 12:19 AM

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 07-08-2007 12:24 AM

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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#9 posted 07-08-2007 12:33 AM

Great job on the bench! Beautiful workmenship!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#10 posted 07-08-2007 01:32 AM

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

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#11 posted 07-08-2007 02:26 AM

Excellent work. Those are impressive joints.

-- Chelle

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#12 posted 07-08-2007 02:47 AM

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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 07-08-2007 03:39 AM

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 07-08-2007 10:53 PM


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#15 posted 07-08-2007 11:29 PM

Very inspiring!

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