|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 09-22-2009 05:26 AM||5438 views||13 times favorited||30 comments|
I sold this bench over the internet to clients in New York. They did a google search for Shaker Benches, found my site, and found my benches. This is the most popular piece that I have in my portfolio and I have sold several of them.
The wood is curly cherry and even the back of the bench exhibits a fine piece of figured wood. I included sapwood in the project as highlights. I like the use of sapwood in a project.
I use a single board to run continuous grain across the face of all the drawers. You can see how nice the look and effect of this conscious decision is in the close-ups of the drawers. Also note that I chose sapwood to highlight this effect as well.
I used black walnut plugs but sometimes I use maple to contrast the cherry. I personally favor the black walnut.
The finish is M.L. Campbell’s MagnaMax Satin pre-cat lacquer.
The drawers have dovetails that are locked together with a pin driven into the top and bottom (I still use glue.) They could be assembled without glue and the dowel pins would keep them locked together. It also adds a visual design element.
I know that I am not the only person that has thought of this as it is logical, but I have not seen anybody else do it. I recommend that others try it.
I find it funny that this bench is the least of what I can do artistically, but it is the most popular of my work. I am quite proud of this piece though especially because it is my design.
For those that are not aware, I made a video discussing the thought process and design considerations for this Shaker Inspired Bench.
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com