Curly Cherry Six-Board Bench

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Project by Catenary posted 11-05-2009 06:23 PM 2414 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a beautiful 15” wide rough sawn curly cherry board at my favorite hardwood supplier (Fat Andy’s in Yarmouth Maine) and decided to highlight the grain by exposing as much top as possible. The bench came to mind because it has very little hidden. It took me 1/2 an hour to make the first cut, but after that it went very quckly. I cut the board to show essentially symmetrical grain left to right and front to back on the top. The only glue in the project was used to make the bottom stretcher and to secure the cocobolo inlay along the sides. Everything else is joinery which allows complete disassembly. The stringer wedges are cocobolo. The finish is eight coats of Minwax tung oil finish. This was a wedding present for a friend’s daughter.

-- David

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 06:27 PM

Thats a great looking bench. Some very n ice Cherry.

A sawmill gave our toymaking group at the Mason Dixon Woodworkers some 500 bd ft of cherry yesterday. Some of it is curly. I helped stack it in the shed yesterday. They also gave us about 200 bd Ft of white oak.

Not a bad haul for no money.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 06:27 PM

Wow what a beauty great build and amazing wood

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 07:34 PM

David, that is some of the prettiest cherry that I have seen. The figure is just gorgeous. You executed anice design on the bench and it made a beautiful present.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 11:41 PM

Great looking bench, thanks for sharing. I’m sure it’s going to be a treasured wedding present.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 11-06-2009 12:11 AM

Well handled and lovely use of grain. As said, this is going to be treasured and probably passed down as an heirloom.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#6 posted 11-06-2009 02:24 AM

Thank you all for the encouraging comments. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy!

-- David

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#7 posted 11-06-2009 01:36 PM

Great job, very nice looking bench. I love the grain of that piece of cherry. YOu did that piece of wood proud.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#8 posted 11-06-2009 02:49 PM

Great looking bench out of great lumber. I like the woodgrain pattern!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 11-08-2009 08:45 AM

Very nice, you can’t go wrong with cherry. I have been tempted like that at the hard wood store. You go in with a specific list, and walk out with a huge chunk of cherry.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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