Stickley-Style, Quarter-Sawn Oak Bench

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Project by ChickenChicken posted 03-05-2010 05:08 PM 5984 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a quartersawn oak Stickley-style, keyhole trestle bench, to go along with our genuine Stickely keyhole trestle table. It is “my project” insofar as I was the recipient of the goods. I also helped to design the bench, by copying the dimensions and proportions of our table. But the real craftsman, here, is my uncle Dennis, a forest geneticist in Sault Ste. Marie.

Stickley Keyholed Trestle Table.

The bench has nice features, like a through tenon that is keyed on either end. Additionally, it has two 12’’ extensions on either side, Extensions just like the table. This required more negotiation than anything else—-thickness of the supporting extensions, placement of the legs, etc.

The bench is solid, weighing in at more than 100 lbs. We can fit probably 5 adults on the bench comfortably, 7 with the extensions on. The finish is a coat of Minwax “golden oak” stain, topped with several coats of a bowling-alley finish polyurthane.
Finished  Bench

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#1 posted 03-05-2010 05:21 PM

Very nice! I love the mouse-hole trestle style. I can’t wait to see the table. Bowling alley finish. Hmmm…

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 05:27 PM

I am putting this on my list of “things I am totally going to get around to copying someday”

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 05:31 PM

Fantastic. Really fantastic!

I’ve never done anything with QSWO, but … I think it’s time :-)

And just the concept of “bowling alley polyurethane….”


-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 06:06 PM

That is beautiful – I’m a sucker for QSWO. Please post pics of the table with the bench when you can.
Excellent design, and a fine job by your uncle!

-- To do is to be

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#5 posted 03-05-2010 06:17 PM

this is really well executed.

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#6 posted 03-05-2010 06:39 PM

Very nice bench.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#7 posted 03-05-2010 06:49 PM

Very nice. Where did you get that humongous graff paper?

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#8 posted 03-05-2010 06:51 PM

Nice design, i really like the curves and the mouse hole. I’ve got a bench i built out of red oak that i havent posted yet with the mouse hole and keyed ends. Not nearly as big as yours though. Mine is a “put on your boots” size bench lol..
What size material did you guys use? Looks to be about 8/4
Again, nice work to both of you.

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 06:58 PM

REALLY,...this is a beautiful piece! You AND you uncle did a wonderful job!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 03-05-2010 10:12 PM

It looks like you have a good eye (yes, pun intended) with scaling the table to the bench proportions. I bet it looks great next to your table.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#11 posted 03-05-2010 10:21 PM

You can find graph papers of all kinds at teacher supply stores or at art supply stores. It can cost a bit of money, but it saves you the time of making it yourself. I find that it is the best/easiest way for me to lay things out properly.

As for the dimensons of the lumber… sorry, but it’s a bit hard to say. My uncle basically bought a white oak tree at the mill. He’s a forest geneticist, so he talks trees and lumber all the time. He had it quartersawn. He then brought home four boards that were more than 2’’ thick, between 7 and 8’’ wide, and about 10 feet long. After joining and planing all the boards, they’re down to just a hair less that 2’’ thick, which is about a 1/4’’ thicker than the thickness of the lumber Stickley used on our table!

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#12 posted 11-22-2012 11:28 PM

THis is a beautiful and sublime design. I have just ordered the plans for the trestle table. Seeing your work on the bench, a scale version of the table, is helpful.


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