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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-30-2018 03:49 PM 1236 views 3 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench is designed around a spring from a wagon seat from the 1800’s. It was given to me by a friend who is going to make a similar bench from the other wagon seat spring. I was to provide the design.

The bench is overall 53” wide x 35” high x 21” deep and made from chestnut.
It is finished with Danish oil and clear gloss poly.

The build process is in this blog: http://lumberjocks.com/Slovenian/blog/124225

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-30-2018 04:14 PM

Nice looking bench…

BUT… I can’t see how the spring is doing any good because of the way it’s mounted…
The end points of the spring cannot flex (can they?); therefore, the spring cannot go up & down (flex)...

What am I missing?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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John

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#2 posted 06-30-2018 04:32 PM

Enjoy the bench Jim, can’t be many of those springs left!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 06-30-2018 04:50 PM

nice build Jim, foresight and engineering go hand in hand

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 06-30-2018 05:03 PM

Very nice looking bench.
Nice design and excellent wood choice too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Tooch

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#5 posted 06-30-2018 05:04 PM

Super cool project Jim. Love the blog as well!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 06-30-2018 05:43 PM

That is one awesome looking bench Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 06-30-2018 06:41 PM

looks like a nice comfy bench also nice design …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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peteg

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#8 posted 06-30-2018 07:53 PM

Never seen one like this before JIm, look real cool, don’t know about putting a “spring in your step” but it sure would add Bounce to your Butt :)
Cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 06-30-2018 09:29 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments!!!!!!

Hi Joe, the end points of the spring are on independent feet with the Equalizer in between. I turned that equalizer so it would slide in and out as the spring flexes and it works pretty good, It is all greased up inside.
here is a shot from under the bench:

Hi Ralph. I had this stack of chestnut in my barn for 4 years and need to make something out of it. I’m not sure if it is a good outdoor wood but the bench will be in a covered area and I may take it in during the winter. It has lots of poly on it,i so it should be good for a few years.

Hi Pete. you’ll probably not see another unless someone has a copy of my dreams!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 06-30-2018 09:40 PM

Super COOL job, Jim!!

You’re sure GOOD at everything you do!

Thank you!!

Have a nice 4th!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#11 posted 06-30-2018 10:29 PM

Very beautiful piece of woodworking, this is just great.

-- andrek

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 06-30-2018 10:45 PM

A meticulously thought through project Jim. It turned out great.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-30-2018 11:31 PM

Thanks, Joe. And a happy and safe holiday for you, too!!

Thanks Andrek!

Thanks, Lee,

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 07-01-2018 12:36 AM

Good looking bench, Jim.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#15 posted 07-01-2018 01:01 AM

WOW!! WOW!! Geez mate, you never cease to amaze me with your creations.
That is absolutely stunning, and suits you very well.
Great job and thanks for sharing.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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