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Project by BenhamDesign posted 11-19-2015 09:34 PM 1857 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench using wedge joinery. The center stretcher is attached the legs with a through tenon and wedged in place with a through tenon.
The top is held in place with wedged through tenons. The bench is made of walnut and the wedges in the top are mahogany.

This type of woodworking is what keeps me building custom furniture.

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This Bench is from my Japanese inspiration collection
http://www.benhamdesignconcepts.com/Chairs/japanese-walnut-wedged-bench.shtml

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fivecodys

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#1 posted 11-19-2015 11:09 PM

Man, that is beautiful!
Nicely done sir.

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 11-19-2015 11:23 PM

Excellent build. It makes me want to sit down.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 11-20-2015 12:01 AM



Excellent build. It makes me want to sit down.

- stefang

Thanks, Before I delivered it, I did sit a spell and contemplate the meaning of woodworking

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#4 posted 11-20-2015 01:02 AM

Great looking contemplation bench! I built something similar, and enjoyed watching your build. I like the angled legs, and your wood combo—very nice!

How did you finish it? The finish looks very nice. Also, it didn’t look like you glued the wedges in the benchtop—did I miss a part, or did you leave them dry?

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

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#5 posted 11-20-2015 02:35 AM

Great looking bench

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 11-20-2015 03:18 AM



Great looking contemplation bench! I built something similar, and enjoyed watching your build. I like the angled legs, and your wood combo—very nice!

How did you finish it? The finish looks very nice. Also, it didn t look like you glued the wedges in the benchtop—did I miss a part, or did you leave them dry?

- MeanDean


Thanks Mean
Dean, I used a satin wipe on poly, and yes I did glue all the tenons and wedges in place with epoxy. In the video I cut out the glue spreading after I test fit it, as watching glue being spread didn’t seem that interest to watch.

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#7 posted 11-20-2015 02:13 PM

This is a wonderful bench. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 11-20-2015 02:44 PM

very nice

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#9 posted 11-20-2015 08:21 PM

Nice design and very nice build.

-Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 11-21-2015 12:12 AM

Nice looking bench and a gorgeous piece of wood.

-- Joe - - Why do those who enforce the law, rarely obey the law?

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#11 posted 11-26-2015 06:49 PM

very very nice. Well done. What is the wood?

-- Willy, Costa Rica/Brasil

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#12 posted 11-26-2015 07:08 PM



very very nice. Well done. What is the wood?

- Willy Cordero


thanks Willy it is made from walnut

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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#13 posted 12-31-2015 09:54 AM

Very nice work. May I ask how you go about laying out for the through mortises on the top?

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BenhamDesign

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#14 posted 01-01-2016 01:25 AM



Very nice work. May I ask how you go about laying out for the through mortises on the top?

- DanG61270


Thanks Dan, I cut the tenons first and then build a plywood template around the tenons and use that to lay out and cut the mortises in the top. If the template fits tight the tenons will fit tight. I always cut from the top side of the top so if their is any blowout it will be hidden by the shoulder of the legs

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BriansBenham.com

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