The Little Miss's Christmas Present

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Project by iSawitfirst posted 12-20-2007 09:25 PM 1822 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is only the second thing I’ve ever built and I found it to be challenging and very rewarding. I started in October and worked on weekends for 9 weeks. It kicked my butt a few times but I prevailed.

The wood is Iroko, a.k.a. “Cheap Man’s Teak” because it looks similar and has the same weathering characteristics but costs half as much. I’ve never worked with teak so I son’t know how it compares in terms of workability but I DO know that its a nasty wood to work with. It powders when cut, checks easily and is fairly brittle. The coloring is pretty rangy too. It’ll all turn the same color eventually though.

I’ll surprise my bride with it on Christmas morning. She’s expecting pajamas.

-- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

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#1 posted 12-20-2007 09:33 PM

Quite an undertaking for a second project! It looks great!

Did you copy something, use plans, or design it yourself?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-20-2007 09:40 PM

Plan is from Norm. The design is by Edward Lutyens, an English architect famous for his english cottage designs. And this bench.

btw, I solved three dimensional errors for Norm. :D If anyone wants to build this, email me for the correct dimensions.

-- The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle

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#3 posted 12-20-2007 10:12 PM

I saw one NYW show where I think Norm said that the Lutyens bench was one of his hardest projects.

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 12-20-2007 10:13 PM

Great job and nicely done. I’ve seen this bench in front of Norm’s workshop for a number of years. Your’s looks better because of the finish. I wish you and your new Bride a full and healthy life together.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#5 posted 12-20-2007 10:24 PM

Your on your way to a happy and successful marriage if you keep surprising her like that. Keep up the good work. It looks awesome. I can’t wait to see project #3.

-- Don't delay, do it today! If God is your Copilot, switch seats.

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#6 posted 12-20-2007 10:30 PM

outstanding! – very nice work, she will love it! (2nd project – wow, keep up the great work!)...and soon friends and family will say ” you think you could build me a…” and then you’ll need more tools to build that schtuff, and of course, more room, bigger shop …and so down the path we are all on! – aint it fun!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#7 posted 12-20-2007 10:45 PM

Well you have set the target pretty high for your 3rd project. You second one is outstanding – well done. I suspect that your bride will be very happy with it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 12-20-2007 10:53 PM

Very nice. Big surprise and a gift worth more than anything that can be bought from any store.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#9 posted 12-20-2007 11:04 PM

what wonderful pajamas!!! My guess is there will be moist eyes on Christmas morning—from the receiver of the gift as well as the giver.
How wonderful.
Bless you!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 12-20-2007 11:22 PM

The bench looks great, your Bride is going to be very pleased, looking forward to see your next project.

-- Andy Stark

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#11 posted 12-21-2007 12:06 AM

I say, you did “prevail”. It’s gorgious. Your wife will be well pleased. You have done a fine job, Sawit, and it’s only your second project. I can’t wait to see your third !!!

I have worked with teak and have had no problems. You just have to remember to wipe all glue joints with mineral spirits because the wood is oily. I was lucky and got a bunch for a steal in California and brought it here (Fla.) with me. I’ve built two Mission style bookcases with it and love the…colour…..

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#12 posted 12-21-2007 12:28 AM

Mighty nice second project. You have a lot of potential.

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#13 posted 12-21-2007 12:56 AM

Very impressive bench. And, even more so for a second project. My second project was a square piece of wood.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 12-21-2007 01:13 AM

Great job and does it bring back memories. My dr. pulled a page out of a magazine and gave it to me and said “I want one and downsize two big rocking chairs out of red mahoganey. What a job! She and her husband was about an axe handle wide. Ha! Downsizing the rockers wasn’t that bad, but if they had been little skinny things, I don’t know. You have my compliments! Semper Fi!


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#15 posted 12-21-2007 01:52 AM

I concur with all the comments above, but must ask, “Where is the first project?” What was it? can we see it? If it looks anything like the second, we would love to see it. Congrats, and God bless you and yours.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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