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Project by DreganTepis posted 01-23-2018 02:49 PM 1316 views 10 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A purpose-built bench for our home. Just big enough to hold stuff for dog walks and changing shoes. Japanese design and joinery. America black walnut and bubinga. All rough cuts were done with power-tools, but all joinery, shaping and smoothing of the wood was done with hand tools.

It is very strong. The shelf is attached to the side pieces by sliding dovetail. The top is 1 1/4” thick, and the center divider, attached to top and shelf with dowels, creates an I-beam straight down to the shelf piece. The legs are attached to the side pieces by sliding dovetails as well. The legs are M&T into the top. It was able to support my weight before I glued it together… not an easy task!!!

I used an online calculator to figure out the depth needed at 1” increments for a 28’ radius (1/2” drop over 36”). I used my table saw to rough the cut, which made ’’steps’ in the surface. After that it was a mix of hand tools; first smoothed with a #5 set up as a scrub plane, then a #151 spokeshave to get the transitions, and last a card scraper to remove marks from the previous tools.

Drawers are bubinga front, with poplar sides and back. Maple center mount sliding dovetail drawer slides; waxed on the contact surfaces. 1/4” BB ply bottom. I put a bullet clasp in the bottom side of the top. This acts like a spring-loaded drawer stop, but I can reach in and press to pull the drawer out fully. I carved the pulls myself with a #151, rasp, file, and sandpaper.

Finishing: Two coats gloss arm-r-seal, 3 coats aqua coat grain fill, 2 coats gloss arm-r-seal, 2 coats satin arm-r-seal. Between coats: 24 hours to dry, sand with 400 grit (mix of my DeWalt ROS in the flat spots, and hand sanding with norton sanding sponge sheets everywhere else), vacuum, blow out, and mineral spirit wipe down. I may try taking out the last bumps with #0000 and mineral oil in a month once I know it’s fully cured

I spent 1-16 hours a week since late September! I’m a hobbyist with a full time job, But I like to do this when I can.

The Walnut isn’t figured enough to be called ‘flame’, but the gentle waves across the cathedrals are gorgeous!

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.





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jerkylips

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#1 posted 01-23-2018 03:32 PM

beautiful!

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BurlyBob

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#2 posted 01-23-2018 03:43 PM

Fantastic looking wood. That design is not to my taste, but you did a fantastic job. It looks amazing in everyway.

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observer100

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#3 posted 01-23-2018 04:26 PM

I really like the looks of this project. The details you provided are of interest as well.

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DreganTepis

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#4 posted 01-23-2018 04:31 PM



I really like the looks of this project. The details you provided are of interest as well.

- observer100

Thanks! So much of this project was out of my skill set when I started. I had to ask so many questions over the last few months on how best to do things… There’s a lot of others peoples advice that went into this. I saved the answers I went with. I figured if anyone likes it then they won’t have to search for the technique! Hope I didn’t get too long-winded.

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#5 posted 01-23-2018 07:36 PM

man that is just gorgeous.i love japanese design and building technique.this has a real nice look,great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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DreganTepis

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#6 posted 01-23-2018 07:54 PM



man that is just gorgeous.i love japanese design and building technique.this has a real nice look,great job.

- pottz

Thank you sir! Japanese joinery is amazing. I’m still learning, nowhere near where I want to be.

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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#7 posted 01-23-2018 09:07 PM

I love this design and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 01-24-2018 12:37 AM

absolutely gorgeous piece, nice, be proud to have that in my entry, i’m a fan of the asian influence pieces

thanks for sharing
rj

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#9 posted 01-24-2018 12:56 AM

Wow, an amazing piece! I admire your design for an indestructible piece. Wonderful craftsmanship!

-- AJ

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#10 posted 01-24-2018 01:21 AM

Excellent! I am about to start a project to make an entry way shoe rack. This is perfect, I’ll just make 2 shelves instead of the drawers. Nicer design than the boring one I was going to make. And I have some bubinga. Very nice job. What are the dimensions?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 01-24-2018 02:35 AM

Beautiful design and build. There is a lot of work that went into shaping all those pieces; executed nicely!

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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DreganTepis

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#12 posted 01-24-2018 03:03 AM



Excellent! I am about to start a project to make an entry way shoe rack. This is perfect, I ll just make 2 shelves instead of the drawers. Nicer design than the boring one I was going to make. And I have some bubinga. Very nice job. What are the dimensions?

- Andybb

Thanks! I can’t wait to see your take on this!

The dimensions are 36” wide and 10 1/2” deep at the top. Depth was dictated by the space and I wanted to get it out of a single board. it’s not bad for quick shoe changes, but a more comfortable depth would be >12”.

Height at the ends of the top is 20”, with a 1/2” drop to the center. So Seat height is 19 1/2”. But I’m 6’2” and this is a good height for me, and only a slight stretch for my wife. A better height would be <18> long hold the sides to the legs. Curve on the side pieces start 3 inches from bottom of the piece.

I think I covered everything except the drawers. I have a back panel in a grove behind each drawer. You may want something like that in yours to help keep it square and rigid as well. Let me know if I can get you any more info. Happy building!

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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DreganTepis

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#13 posted 01-24-2018 03:09 AM



Beautiful design and build. There is a lot of work that went into shaping all those pieces; executed nicely!

- OnhillWW


Wow, an amazing piece! I admire your design for an indestructible piece. Wonderful craftsmanship!

- AJ1104


I love this design and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


absolutely gorgeous piece, nice, be proud to have that in my entry, i m a fan of the asian influence pieces

thanks for sharing
rj

- Knockonit

Thanks all! This site and the people here have been a big influence. I don’t think I would have tried this if it wasn’t for the great work and advice I see here.

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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ohwoodeye

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#14 posted 01-24-2018 02:47 PM

Very attractive piece. Even more impressive is the use of the hand tools which I avoid at all costs so I can appreciate how much effort went into this.

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

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Rick S.

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#15 posted 01-24-2018 05:08 PM

Very Nice Table. Love the Design!

-- It is not necessary for Some People to turn OFF the LIGHT to be IN the DARK!

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