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Project by MsDebbieP posted 1860 days ago 2698 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

July 24/09

Free Book Draw
This bench is just one of the many projects found in American Country Furniture. The projects are from the workshops of David T. Smith” and the book is written by Nick Engler and Mary Jane Favorite. This book is another one donated by Fox Chapel Publishing and a copy will be sent to a lucky winner, selected by a random draw. (Details will be provided in the September eMag.)
[Note: the draw in August’s eMag will be for “Turning Vintage Toys”. See details here.]

What a great resource “American Country Furniture” is for any woodworker! I will be writing a review of the book in the September eMag, along with letting you know how to submit your name for the free random draw.
Once again a big thanks to Fox Chapel Publishing for this event.

The Bench
The bench was the easiest and quickest project Rick and I have ever done. In less than an hour we had the bench completed and sitting outside. I give most of the credit for the ease of this project to the project plans.

What I especially like about this bench is that the side rails sit onto notches cut into the legs, plus use glue and nails to secure them, creating extra support. The bench is really stable. I like it!

This bench is made from rough-cut pine, as that is what we had available. Because it was so quick to make I’m sure we’ll get some wood that is more appropriate for the outdoors at a later date. (I’ll add it to that to-do list for next year!) Until then it will have to survive with a coat of urethane on it.

I have woodburned my “Gathering Place” logo onto the bench, coated it with several coats of urethane and then a layer of wax.

The Arbour
This past week we purchased some grave vines and, once we got home and I had a look around, I decided that I didn’t have a perfect spot for them so we’d have to create one!

Several years ago the cloth gazebo that we had just purchased was damaged in a wind storm and I salvaged the corner panels to use in an arbour. Every year I say “I want to build the arbour this year” but other things always become more of a priority. This year was no different and the arbour again went onto the list for next year – that is until the purchase of the grapes!

A quick (well, it was quick for me, but Rick did the digging!) build and the frame was up. We added the old gazebo frames and that was that! Simple.

We left the four posts tall. These will be posts for more birdhouses.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)





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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 1860 days ago

Very nice! The arbor looks sturdy enough for a bumper crop of grapes.

(Now you’ll need a winepress, & accessories.)

The bench fits right in.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 1860 days ago

thanks Dick.
and I bought a wine press in the spring (at an antique store). I bought it for making apple juice. Now—yippee—grape juice here I come! :)
I had forgotten about it until you reminded me.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 1860 days ago

If you don’t make any wine, you can always make a wishing well out of the wine press like I did.

YIPPEE!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#4 posted 1860 days ago

Next year this time, a little wine, a little cheese and you will be all set. I wish I had te space in the yard for one.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Napaman

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#5 posted 1860 days ago

very nice…can you grow grapes in the Artic??? its funny I have been stacking fire wood all morning…and I live in napa—-and you are growing grapes…gotta love it!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 1860 days ago

I don’t make wine… but we like to mix juices with gingerale so maybe a few bottles of grape juice will be perfect!

But I like the wishing well idea; maybe I’ll get rich!

Matt: that’s funny. Isn’t the world interesting.
We did pile fire wood this morning as well—but it was for our bonfire breakfast tomorrow morning :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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rtb

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#7 posted 1860 days ago

Debbie, a really nice looking project nows time to look up what you will need to do with those grape vines to get them and keep them producing. when you do get grapes and make juice remember that it will realy add flavor if you just let the juice sit and fermet just a little.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#8 posted 1860 days ago

HEY! DEBBIE: I believe you are the site mananger ? she looks like you ! DO you see many wildlife in your yard. It looks so peaceful . The bench fits right in ,like it was suppose to be there. great for evening chats with friends. thanks for sharing your quiet spot. add 5 votes for creativity

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 1860 days ago

you are right rtb I need to do some research.

grampata: if you mean “do I write the eMag” then yes that’s me.

wildlife – not too much, other than the birds (lots and lots of birds)
And yes it is peaceful. I love my little piece/peace of paradise.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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mtkate

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#10 posted 1859 days ago

Debbie – this is fantastic. I pass a winery every day on the way back from work (that one is in zone 5). They look very healthy. Good luck with yours.

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Grumpy

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#11 posted 1859 days ago

Great job Debbie.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 1858 days ago

thanks everyone :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 1857 days ago

I had an old Italian neighbor who made wine. When he would tap his keg for the first taste, he used to call me over for a taste. He’d pour me a small 4 oz glass, & it was always very good. It was a little sweeter when first tapped.

I would thank him, & say I have to go now, but he always insisted, & made me drink one more glass. He said, ”You have to have one more for the other eye, or you’ll walk crooked”. <(;O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 1856 days ago

lol that’s a great line.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#15 posted 1852 days ago

Very well done and presented … it is a winner !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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