Asian Bench

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Project by Vamsi posted 1854 days ago 5270 views 35 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed this bench on a napkin and showed it to my wife. Since I’m just starting out as a woodworker, and because my drawing ability is severely lacking, she just smiled politely. When I asked if I could buy some mahogany to build it, she just patted me on the head and suggested that I use something cheaper. I obliged because I wanted to prove something to myself, and went to the local big box store and bought pressure treated 2×4’s and an 8’ piece of douglas fir 4×4 (also pretty decent at surviving outside).

I constructed the top using my trusty mitersaw and a stop block. I made the base using a tablesaw and a jigsaw for the curves. The joinery for the base is mortise and tenon. Titebond III glued everything up because I didn’t want to fuss with polyurethane glue. I then smeared a thin layer of epoxy on the bottom of the douglas fir legs to prevent the endgrain from wicking up water and rotting. After staining it to look like I used more exotic wood, I topcoated it with McCloskey’s spar varnish for protection.

This single project has caused my wife to take away spending limits (within reason) and to have her take away limits on my imagination which is even more priceless (all of this after she simply stated, “It looks alright, but 3 of them would look a lot better…”

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 1854 days ago

This is a great project for the outdoors. It is a great design style that I am partial to.

The execution looks great, especially for a first project.

Good taste on the color combination. The two colors go well together and the darker legs add weight to the base and some wonderful interest to the overall look.

The treated lumber will withstand the elements, but it has a tendency to twist, rack, and crack. This may get you the green light to make it out of the mahogany that you originally desired which, as you correctly chose, is a better choice.

I think that based on this project, you have some talent inside of you waiting to be let loose in the shop. You do nice work and you have a good eye.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 1854 days ago


One question for you: how did you finish the area between the boards once you had it all assembled?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#3 posted 1854 days ago

I really like the design and the color scheme. Well done!

Were the legs only tapered on two sides or on all four sides?

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#4 posted 1853 days ago

Good job and nice design!

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#5 posted 1853 days ago

Beautiful bench. I really like your design. The same thing happened with my wife after I built my first Adirondack chair…No faith from the wives…

-- Wood working is my relaxation, until nothing fits or works out right...Then it's just like work!

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#6 posted 1853 days ago

Nice work

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#7 posted 1853 days ago

The guys are right, first class all the way. If you could design that on a napkin, I wondering what you could come up with some drawing classes . your a natural !!

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#8 posted 1853 days ago

I didn’t realize how much I would appreciate the comments. Thanks!

There is a 3/4” space between the seat slats that I was able to fit my paintbrush into in order to complete the stain and varnish. Admittedly it was a little tight, but I just made sure there was plenty of material on the brush first.

The legs are tapered on 2 sides only (the sides that face outwards).

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 1853 days ago

The Asian influence is very nice to the eyes. Just beautiful!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 1852 days ago

still looks great the second time .really a great job

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 1851 days ago


I like it very much

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#12 posted 1851 days ago

Wonderful bench cool design

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#13 posted 1847 days ago

Great design and build! In fact I liked it so much I had to favorite it. Just in case I need some benchs in the future, I’d like to be able to look at this again. Good luck in the contest and thanks for sharing. Sounds like you’ve already recieved the most important accolades and permission to proceed just as you’d like from here on out!-LOL

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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naomi weiss

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#14 posted 1847 days ago

It’s beautiful! And such a creative way to use 2×4s! Thanks for the inspiration.

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#15 posted 1847 days ago

Nice design. Great job.

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