Oak bench and my shop buddy

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Project by HalDougherty posted 1778 days ago 2387 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this oak bench in 2008. It’s great for putting in the bathroom or at the end of a bed for a dressing bench. It also works great in the hallway with a coat rack for putting on your shoes. This is the first bench I made and liked it so much I’ve made several more just like it. The latest one I should finish sometime today or tomorrow. It’s made from a solid cherry slab with natural edges. All it lacks is a final sanding and several coats of tung oil.

My shop buddy is a 2 (1 year old in the photo) year old miniature Schnauzer. Callie lets me know if anyone is near the front door or the phone is ringing. She’s much louder than a router motor.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 1778 days ago

Nice pet, great bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 1778 days ago

Very nice looking bench and you are lucky to have a shop buddy. Mine doesn’t like the noises so she stays at the top of the stairs waiting for me to come back up into the house.

-- Joanne, New York,

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#3 posted 1778 days ago

Very nice bench.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1778 days ago

Great bench. If that grain is PRE- tung oil … then that’s really going to be sharp.

How does the Schnauzer do in terms of dust collection?? Up there with a Delta, but harder to empty?

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 1778 days ago

Great job on the shop buddy…. :)

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#6 posted 1778 days ago

Nice bench. I also have miniature schnauzes, five to be exact.

-- Yesterday is history, Tommorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift, thats why its called the Present. ---Lil Wayne ---AngelSkull

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#7 posted 1778 days ago

Great bench and the dog looks so real :-))

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1778 days ago

Really like the design of your bench. Great job.

-- John @

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#10 posted 1777 days ago

Very nice bench. I think your assistant is adorable. I have 3 wanna be assistants. They constantly try and lay in the shop when the door is open. It’s cooler in there. Since I have very little free floor space and one of them is a lab, I shoo them to the decking just outside the door.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#11 posted 1732 days ago

In WW speak that would be a “bench dog” I suppose…

-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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