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Project by jaydub posted 09-04-2010 04:14 PM 2297 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LJs,
I posted a few days ago about the lady who lives at the old mill – here are a couple of other benches I built for her from reclaimed pine from the barn.

I made these harder than they needed to be – and I learned a couple of good lessons:
1. If I had it to do again I would certainly cut the dadoes in the cross members on the ends and in the middle at the same time – in one piece of wood – and then cut them into the 3 separate pieces (or 6 separate pieces, for the two benches). That was really dumb, and cost me at least an hour or 2 extra. I guess there could be worse ways to spend an extra hour or two, though…

2. Next time I would also not cut those cross pieces to length until all the dadoes were cut. I used an indexing pin in an auxiliary fence attached to my miter gauge to cut each successive dado. Even with being as careful as I could be setting the position of that pin, and running multiple test cuts, by the time you cut 5 or 6 of those dadoes, any little error in the set up is multiplied out. I ended up with a slat on the end that had to be ripped down just a little thinner than the others (not enough to look bad, but I know it’s there). Had I given myself a little extra length in those cross pieces and cut to length only after dadoes were cut, that wouldn’t have been an issue.

I wouldn’t have chosen the finish she wanted, but it does seem to work with the surroundings. There’s a pic of one of the old mill stones set in the patio – had to include that. Hard to tell, but the creek that runs right past the house drops about 60 feet just past the house. You can see the tops of some pretty tall trees just off the edge of the patio there. What a dramatic setting!



-- happiness is a sharp plane iron

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#1 posted 09-04-2010 04:25 PM

Nice work! The finish does seem to go work in that area, although like you, I would have done it differently. Love the Idea of useing reclaimed lumber, very eco friendly:) I really like the way you put the top of the benches together, a very nice job overall, I’m sure the customer was happy and thats what counts!

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#2 posted 09-04-2010 08:33 PM

Very beautiful benches.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 11:22 AM

Very cool looking benches, love the design and colors.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 03:47 PM

Hey Jaydub

The destination is the important thing ! We all travel the longer route when working with timber, before working out the shortest way to get there ! Ive lost months ! no hang on YEARS !!# of stuffing around on projects !! before figuring out there was an easier way LoL.

The end result is fantastic mate !! design is very modern, nice crisp lines look effective & dig the colour choice !

Keep designing things like that, very clever !!! you might make a good $$$$ or 2 for that kind of design !!

Dig your other works as well !!


-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 05:17 PM

Really nice bench seats, they really go with the house, they blend togeather perfectly!!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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