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Kristin's Bench

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Project by Michael posted 04-03-2017 01:36 AM 570 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister wanted a bench, so I built this out of pine for her birthday. I used square nails to hold the top and rails and a wedged through-tenon for the center rail. I didn’t use any glue, though perhaps I should have. I based some of the design on Ron Aylor’s bench (thanks for the information Ron!), and some on some photos I saw online. The sides fit in a housing dado cut from the top.

I finished with minwax stain and a paste wax. I like the way it came out mottled, though I’m not sure why it worked out that way.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir





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woodcox

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#1 posted 04-03-2017 05:18 AM

Nice work Michael, I’m sure she loves it. I think it will be just fine sans the glue. I’m waiting on hardware for my six board bench to show up. I can’t wait to finish it, these are fun to build.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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Ron Aylor

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#2 posted 04-03-2017 11:03 AM

Great job, Michael! May I assume all hand tools? I too like the mottled look … especially on the top.

I probably should rename my hackberry bench the Hackberry Eating Bench … I have a 17 year old cat that every night has her teaspoon of cheddar cheese atop this bench. I dice the cheese at the kitchen counter and turn to MuffinHead saying, “Go get on your bench!” ... she then trots up the stairs, climbs upon the bench, and meows insistently for her cheese. Who says you can’t train a cat?

Again, good job … glad to be an inspiration!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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RichTaylor

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#3 posted 04-03-2017 02:53 PM



I have a 17 year old cat that every night has her teaspoon of cheddar cheese atop this bench. I dice the cheese at the kitchen counter and turn to MuffinHead saying, “Go get on your bench!” ... she then trots up the stairs, climbs upon the bench, and meows insistently for her cheese. Who says you can t train a cat?

- Ron Aylor

C’mon Ron, admit that the cat has you trained, not the other way around. :)

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 04-03-2017 02:57 PM


C mon Ron, admit that the cat has you trained, not the other way around. :)

- RichTaylor

Hmmmm… you might have something there … LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 04-03-2017 03:30 PM

This bench turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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Michael

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#6 posted 04-03-2017 03:48 PM


Great job, Michael! May I assume all hand tools? I too like the mottled look … especially on the top.

- Ron Aylor

Thanks for the kind words y’all. Ron, I did use all hand tools for the project. Hand tool use added some time as I needed to make a shooting board big enough to handle the 1×12 top!

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 04-03-2017 04:22 PM


... I needed to make a shooting board big enough to handle the 1×12 top!

- Michael

Here lately I’ve been sawing precisely to the line with an engineer’s square right by the saw … no shooting board needed … I simply clean up the end grain with a file and sandpaper to remove file marks!
 

 

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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