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Mulan Bench

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Project by handy_andy posted 03-02-2018 10:23 PM 625 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My fiance asked for a box to store her dumbbells in. A box seemed a little boring so I made a bench with a shelf. She has lots of nostalgia for the Disney movie Mulan so I carved some of the lyrics on the edges of the legs. The majority of the surface was charred with a propane torch and scrubbed with a wire brush. I finished it with Danish Oil.

The lumber came from a warehouse auction. I found the boards hiding in a corner and got them for $5.

I didn’t realize until I started planing that the boards are a mix of red and white oak, but I had already cut the boards to length.

I’m getting very good at matching glue surfaces with a hand plane.

I carved disks in the legs with a combination of a power plane and a large gouge.

Stretchers, with a rebate to accept shelf slats, mortise into the legs with pins and the legs mortise through the top.

I charred the surface with a propane torch and removed the loose ash with a wire brush. The burning created a fair amount of cracking and made the glue joint in the top visible.

To make the lettering I printed out templates, used a small V gouge to carve through the paper, and a modified soldering iron to burn the grooves.

The shelf slats came from some small red oak logs that I milled on the band saw.

The crack in the top glue joint that opened up during burning made me nervous so I added some large butterflies to the top. And for my own entertainment I made the butterflies book matched.





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Johnalan Thomas

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#1 posted 03-02-2018 11:14 PM

Very nice, I can tell you put a lot of work into it

-- John Darlington Sc

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 01:55 AM

Much better than a box.
You’ve done yourself proud.
Well done.

-- Mike in SoCal

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 03:14 AM

That has a very nice look to it. Nice details.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 03-03-2018 12:37 PM

Andy, this is a beautiful stool and it shows a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

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

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

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