Hancock Shaker Bench in wormy chestnut.

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Project by Stephen posted 09-29-2010 11:12 PM 3605 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, I hope you all like this one. I was little disappointed by dark stain on the very wormiest part of the bench top, it was’nt apparent till I had already cut the board and skimmed off a thin pass on the planer. This is from 1 board that was 1×13x89. This board was from an old house in West Virginia. I really enjoyed making this bench because I didnt have to do a lot of prep work on the lumber(it was flat and bone dry), also the bench dimensions were right out of a book by John Shea “Making Authentic Shaker Furniture”, that let me concentrate on extracting all the pieces from this 1 board(there was not much scrap left). I finished this on september 8th, it took more hours to apply the finish than to build it. The color of the bare wood is a medium oak, so I was trying to mute the dark stains with the color I used. First coat is a dye in early american, with golden oak pigment stain on top of that. The finish is gloss spar urethane. This will be used for sitting in front of the fireplace on those really cold days and will hold 2 persons. Thanks for viewing and commenting.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 03:33 AM

I love the style of this bench.
I think you are right being disappointed
with the dark stain in the wood.
Even still it is a beautiful bench.

Great work !!


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#2 posted 09-30-2010 04:34 AM

Very cool! Norm made about a dozen projects over the years from Hancock Village.

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 06:16 AM

I don’t know…the stain gives it a lot of character. I like it!

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 03:05 PM

Great job!! Looks good.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 08:26 PM

Nice work. Repurposing used wood gives you a great feeling.

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