Small bench from reclaimed wood

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Project by Gunman posted 10-16-2015 04:46 PM 1114 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took on woodworking as a hobby some months ago after being inspired by Paul Sellers’ videos. This is my first completed project : just a small bench made from wood taken from an old tv stand that I got for free but didn’t like. I’m quite happy I managed to do everything by hand for this ! Only the curved moulding remains from the original furniture.
I resawed the wood to dimension, replaned it to expose some fresh wood (the original finish didn’t age well) and cut the joinery : through-tenons for the top, and tusk tenons for the legs. I did not need to use any glue, it is holding up great by itself !

I did not use any predefined design, I just went with what was in my head and did with the limitations of using reclaimed wood. It is far from perfect : the mortises are not very pretty, the feet are not very well finished as I didn’t really know how to cut them, and it has a bit too much space in the front, which makes it tip forward if you don’t sit far back enough.
Nonetheless, it is functional, I had great fun and I learned a lot by making it !

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#1 posted 10-16-2015 04:54 PM

Nicely done – I bet you learned a lot while doing it. I know I learn something new everytime.

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#2 posted 10-16-2015 11:55 PM

Well, despite the challenges you faced, this bench turned out really well! And you got to learn some things that will make your future projects better—what’s wrong with that?!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 10-20-2015 07:00 PM

I would say that for a First Project this turned out very nice and as long as it does what it is intended to do you got it right in my book. And doing it with only hand tools is great , I know I could not do as well with no power tools. Keep watching Paul’s videos and pay close attention and you will be doing some really great stuff soon.
We all have to start somewhere and the more we do the better we get at it , Hopefully :) .

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