Matching QSWO Benches

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Project by Pete Shively posted 04-09-2016 03:32 PM 1927 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve finally completed the 4 oak benches to match the dining room table that I built last fall.

-- Pete Shively in Madison

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 04:12 PM

VERY nicely done.

-- Wood is awesome.

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 06:14 PM

Fantastic job. Really love the subtle curve in the legs!

-- I do this for fun.

#3 posted 04-09-2016 06:45 PM

Великолепный дизайн,поздравляю !!!


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#4 posted 04-09-2016 07:04 PM

Very sharp, nicely done. I bet they weigh a ton!

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 07:13 PM

The wood looks great, and the pieces look good too.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 01:15 AM

Great looking set of benches! You got that ray fleck to really pop—and I’ll bet you’ll enjoy sitting on them every day!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 02:03 AM

Very nicely built.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 06:30 AM

I like the benches, I like the Ray fleck and I like the mission theme. Nuff said nice job

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 09:08 AM

I like that massive construction, beautiful rustic design. I like all woodworking elements in joinery.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 04-10-2016 12:35 PM

These benches are beautiful and go so well with this table. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 04-10-2016 04:12 PM

Very nice; I like these a lot. Nice design & exceptional workmanship.

-- Steve, in Morris County, NJ

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#12 posted 04-10-2016 06:45 PM

Great use of QSWO- what method did you use to finish?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#13 posted 04-10-2016 10:35 PM

Thanks to all for the kind comments.

Someone commented on their weight. Yes, they are quite heavy. For strength, I opted for 5/4 for the bench tops. To reduce the likelihood of tipping, I lowered the cross support a bit to try and keep the center of gravity low.

Bill in MI asked about my finish method. I was trying to match the trim in the dining room, which was done by my brother in law (a cabinetmaker) and copied from the Amish shop that crafted our kitchen cabinets. It starts with Woodwright stain, Northern Indiana collection, “CF-5190, Old World Mission” One coat, wait a day, then a very light 2nd coat, briefly, and only to darken the grain, followed by some wiping to lighten up the flecking. That’s pretty much it. For a finish/top coat, I use 3-5 coats of General Finishes Enduro Var water-based poly (wait at least 4 days for stain to fully dry first). I used satin on the benches and semi gloss on the table.
Thanks again for interest.

-- Pete Shively in Madison

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#14 posted 04-14-2016 07:08 PM

Very nice. From what I see it looks like it fits the rest of the room perfectly.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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