Shaker Bench

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Project by ScottT posted 03-05-2010 03:36 AM 3641 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter’s dance team needed a bench for their dance studio and she was glad to volunteer me for the job but she helped…i think she might have learned something. Got this plan out of the “old” woodworking mag..Most of the chairs i have made are from ash i really like the wood for applications that require strength and a nice light look

-- Scott, SE Wisconsin

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 03:40 AM

Looks great! The grain looks great…Reminds me of some grainy hickory. How long is it btwn legs? I am assuming that you have made something like this before? I am a rookie to bench and chair making so I am just going to ask…Is that strong enough to hold people?

Thanks, I love the grain…makes me want to use some ash!!


-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 03:42 AM

Way to go Dad… the girls should be able to tap dance on it as well. thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 03:49 AM

The bench looks great. I haven’t used ash much, but a few weeks ago I saw some 4/4 boards that must have been 25” wide. One of the problems with folks knowing I’m a woodworker is that I get asked to do a lot of favors. I guess we should take such “asks” as compliments.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 03:49 AM


Its not quite 6’ feet so plenty strong. The night i delivered it they had an open house event and within 5 minutes there were 4 adults elbow to elbow on it. I admit for a second i did worry about it but its plenty strong- even sat on the floor to look at deflection and no problem thanks for looking.

-- Scott, SE Wisconsin

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 04:01 AM

Thanks for the Info Scott…Good to know!!

Again, I love the grain!!


-- Science Teacher by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 04:03 AM

Very nice job, That wood grain really looks great…

-- Rick

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 04:12 AM

They will love it! Nicely done!

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 04:14 AM

Great work. Nice clean lines. Good choice of wood too.

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 04:35 AM

Nice looking bench.

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 04:58 AM

Really nicely done.

Last night … instead of sleeping … I was flipping through a book of Shaker furniture.

I think I’m hooked :-)

May they have many happy years using that bench!

-- -- Neil

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 05:42 AM

Pretty awesome if you ask me.

-- Steve, Fayetteville, Ga.

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#12 posted 03-05-2010 05:54 AM

looks good man

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA

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#13 posted 03-05-2010 06:03 AM

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 03-05-2010 07:04 AM

very impressive looking bench…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#15 posted 03-05-2010 08:03 AM

cool bench

-- Custom furniture

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