Closet Bench

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Project by AZmO posted 03-07-2018 01:06 PM 467 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple little bench, made from local Shoestring Acacia, a very hard wood used as a street tree here in Phoenix. Salvaged from an arborist friend, dried and then milled with a router sled. Full waterfall on both ends from one slab, about 32” long and 16” high and 15” wide. Domino joinery, cracks and defects filled with clear epoxy. Finished with a coat of epoxy to fill the grain. Sanded back to wood, and then oil finish and wet sanding to 800 grit. Always fun deciding the ends on these things, should they be square or, as in this case I turned the ends about 10 degrees.

-- Arizona Mo

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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 01:34 PM

Nice clean bench and appreciate you sharing the techniques in the process.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 02:02 PM

Nice work. You gotta love the natural beauty of wood.

Thanks for posting how it goes together too. Newbs like me really appreciate it!

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 03:13 PM

I plan the same project but a little taller for an entry table. I have been wondering if I will need a stretcher or shelf to prevent the legs from moving? Your bench does not have either. That mean you don’t thing the legs will “splay”?

I really like your bench. Nice work!

-- Petey

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 10:28 PM

It’s a beautiful rustic bench. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#5 posted 03-08-2018 04:46 PM

Awesome work!

My job might be taking me to the Phoenix area in the next few months. It’ll be an interesting transition from Florida’s humidity, but I think we’ll manage. It’ll be good to get the lay of the land from some LJs to help me get established out there!


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