|Project by Chuck||posted 10-19-2010 02:57 PM||1683 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
This is a prototype for a bench that I made out of red oak with a cedar stretcher. It is constructed with sliding dovetails.
I was going to make the bench out of red oak, but when I had milled the lumber, I decided I didn’t really like the look of the red oak. But since I already had the lumber milled, I decided to make it as a prototype anyway. The sliding dovetails are a little loose… a good reason to make a prototype – I know where to focus on the next bench.
I’m looking for some feedback on the design/construction. I think the next bench will have a lighter top, possibly birch. It will be a little bigger (longer/wider). Some initial thoughts are to make the legs and stretcher both out of darker lumber, I have sapele sitting around (I would prefer to not purchase any lumber for this). Other thoughs are to make the legs out of thicker stock. They were cut from a 4/4 piece of red oak. I was thinking of milling the legs to maybe 1 1/2” thick and the stretcher to match. I am planning on moving the legs in from the edge a little bit, so I can cut a bigger curve on the bottom corner of the stretcher.
-- Chuck, Preston CT, http://www.curtishome.net/