QSWO Bench for kitchen island

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Project by ravensrock posted 02-06-2016 05:12 PM 793 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother-in-law asked if I could make a bench for them to use in place of stools at the kitchen island. He showed me a picture of something he saw at an Amish market and I used similar dimensions. It’s about 52” long and 24” high and has a bit of weight to it. Fairly simple design that gave me more practice with mortise and tenon joinery. I also learned that I need to pay more attention to wood movement. A crack opened on the top and, thanks to the suggestions from other lumberjocks, I came up with a solution that worked great. Fortunately he wanted a “distressed” look. So I chiseled the crack into a small V shape, let some thin CA glue soak down in, then tinted some epoxy to fill it in a bit. Finished with Honey Amber Transtint dye, General Finished Salem oil stain, then an American Walnut glaze. Topped with 4 coats of satin Arm-R-Seal.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#1 posted 02-06-2016 06:31 PM

I like it – crack and all
I can’t make out the species of wood ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-06-2016 07:30 PM

It’s quarter sawn white oak. Can’t really see in the pics but some of the boards had some very nice flecks.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#3 posted 02-06-2016 10:37 PM

Love the crack. Good job on turning a flaw into a feature!

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