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Project by Jesse Friesen posted 12-12-2015 11:23 PM 910 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project I completed a couple weeks back. It is a walnut waterfall bench. Was cut out of a single 8’ walnut board that was 19 1/4” wide. The grain runs continuously from one side to the other and was also my first attempt at chiseling out the bowtie splines to help support that crack. Final dimensions for it are 42”w x 18 1/2”d x 18”h and it’s finish with just a clear lacquer. Love the way it turned out!





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#1 posted 12-13-2015 01:33 AM

Very nice bench, did you use blind dovetails ?

-- Gotta love wood !

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 01:33 AM

Very nice wood !

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 02:32 PM

Well executed.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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#4 posted 12-13-2015 03:53 PM

Hey Jesse, is there a hidden stretcher under the seat that doesn’t show in these photos, or do the 90 degree miters carry the structural load? That walnut is beautiful.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#5 posted 12-13-2015 04:45 PM

Nice work; it looks great.

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#6 posted 12-14-2015 02:51 AM

Looks nice, how did you go about cutting the miter that long and perfect?

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#7 posted 12-14-2015 03:26 AM

There isn’t a stretcher and the miters carry the load. There are biscuits to help strengthen it and the walnut is 1 3/4” thick so there is a pretty large glue surface on those joints. The miters were actually done with a circular saw and a straight edge. Couldn’t safely do the on my table saw and my ts55 track saw couldn’t cut through all the way so I got out the makita and it worked perfectly. What the heck do I need the festool for, lol.

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#8 posted 12-14-2015 04:26 AM

Ah, I’ve got a coffee table in mind like that, been wanting a festool track saw and it’d work for it perfectly. Thought about the ts75 for its larger capacity but it’s pretty big and heavy. If woodcraft had the makita I’d probably get it, I have giftcards to woodcraft which is why I’m in the predicament.

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#9 posted 12-15-2015 11:22 PM

Yeah, I was wondering about support underneath. Is there anything other than the 45’s?

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#10 posted 12-16-2015 05:50 PM

Jesse,
this response was mistakenly sent to me;
josh commented on a project:
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Yeah, I was wondering about support underneath. Is there anything other than the 45’s?

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#11 posted 12-16-2015 05:53 PM

Jesse,
Here are 3 more responses that were mistakenly sent to me;
Gixxerjoe04 commented on a project:
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Ah, I’ve got a coffee table in mind like that, been wanting a festool track saw and it’d work for it perfectly. Thought about the ts75 for its larger capacity but it’s pretty big and heavy. If woodcraft had the makita I’d probably get it, I have giftcards to woodcraft which is why I’m in the predicament.

Jesse Friesen commented on a project:
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There isn’t a stretcher and the miters carry the load. There are biscuits to help strengthen it and the walnut is 1 3/4” thick so there is a pretty large glue surface on those joints. The miters were actually done with a circular saw and a straight edge. Couldn’t safely do the on my table saw and my ts55 track saw couldn’t cut through all the way so I got out the makita and it worked perfectly. What the heck do I need the festool for, lol.

Gixxerjoe04 commented on a project:
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Looks nice, how did you go about cutting the miter that long and perfect?

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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