Hancock Shaker Bench

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Project by SteveL posted 11-09-2009 06:35 AM 4266 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the Hancock Shaker Bench, made from the plans in John G. Shea’s “Making Authentic Shaker Furniture.” This one is made from a single piece of black walnut which has an excellent curly figure. I made it for the wedding of my oldest son’s best friend and his bride, with a pyrographic inscription on the underside of the seat. The wedding was in July, but I broke my leg in August so the bride and groom had to wait until this week to get their present. Hope it was worth the wait. The finish is Boiled Linseed Oil (cut with turpentine 50:50) and 4 coats of shellac (1/2 lb cut) and 2 of polyurethane (cut 50:50 with mineral spirits).

-- SteveL

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#1 posted 11-09-2009 06:37 AM

Very Pretty.

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#2 posted 11-09-2009 06:47 AM

Sorry to hear about your leg but didn’t seem to effect your craftsmanship. Pretty bench.

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#3 posted 11-09-2009 03:33 PM

Nice looking bench!

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#4 posted 11-09-2009 06:37 PM

It’s a great bench I like Sheas books also

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#5 posted 11-09-2009 10:59 PM

Wonderful design with such a nice piece of Walnut : )

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 02:01 AM

Great bench, I bet the new bride and groom really appreciated it.

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#7 posted 08-27-2010 04:06 AM

I was wondering what to do for my next piece. After seeing this that made up my mind. I have Sheas drawings with this bench and have enough wormy chestnut from an old house to build it. One board I have is 8ft by 13.5in a full 4qtr is hard to find. What you did is outstanding. I like the finish.
Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#8 posted 08-27-2010 03:28 PM

Let us know when you finish it and post the photos—I’d love to see what it looks like in chestnut. —S.

-- SteveL

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#9 posted 08-27-2010 03:36 PM

I really like the Shaker style, and you’ve done a super job of creating an heirloom.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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