Seating Bench

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Project by Luis M posted 05-23-2017 01:56 PM 598 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this seating bench in May 2017.

The legs are made of cherry, the seat is made from quater sawn sycamore, the spindles are soft maple and the crest rail is cherry. The seat was scooped out at the table saw and refined with hand tools and sand paper.

During assembly, I attempted to glue the crest rail with the spindles into the seat by my self (bad idea). I was not able to line up the 12 spindles and drive them into the holes before the glue seized. I even broke one of the spindles. Fortunately I used hide glue and used hot water to reverse the glue bond. I had also turned 1 extra spindle. For the second try I enlisted my wife’s help and it went a lot smoother.

The whole piece is finished with 4 coats of wiping varnish and 1 coat of past wax.

This is only my second chair/seat build and I’m really proud of the result.

-- Luis

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838 posts in 1469 days

#1 posted 05-23-2017 04:11 PM

You have every right to be proud.
You did a fantastic job!
It seems like your little ‘helper’ thinks so too!

-- Chem, Central California

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#2 posted 05-23-2017 06:20 PM

That is a great bench, nice job.

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

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 03:17 AM

It looks fantastic. Really well done. Only your second chair/bench? Wow. I’ve yet to do one but I can’t imagine that my 50th would come out half as good as yours.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 01:43 PM

This is an outstanding bench. Congratulations.

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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