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Project by Grantman posted 1325 days ago 3270 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a halasana bench for my wife last year out of purpleheart and maple. OK for my first project hand cutting dovetails, but not good enough to post.

Yoga practitioners use these benches for various poses. I found out a colleague did yoga and gave her a pair of yoga blocks I had made. Through conversation I talked her into commissioning me to make her a bench, too. (Hey – I’m in sales!)

This is the bench I made for her. I had a local scroll-saw craftsman make the lotus flower cutouts for me. Small project but she’s happy. Happy client…happy woodworker, right?

Canary wood. Great slab, too. Wonderful colors. Red, purple, brown, yellow, gold. Magnificent.

12’ X 15” X 18”





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blacknail

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#1 posted 1325 days ago

what a beauty! Nice looking indeed!

-- Darrell B.

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peteg

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#2 posted 1325 days ago

I am a turner not a cabinetmaker so can’t comment on the finer points, but this looks like a genuine handcrafted piece. no fancy machines, with very nice grain matching thru the angles. For my part a nice job well done

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

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#3 posted 1325 days ago

nice job, can kinda see your scribing lines. i had to say it.

-- Ben L

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grosa

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#4 posted 1325 days ago

Grantman, Your project look’s good. I noticed a gap in the dove tail. A good trick I use is put a drop of yellow glue on the gap and press it in with your finger in a circular motion. Get some 80 grit, by hand sand in a circular motion to generate the large flakes for saw dust that 80 grit will produce. You will see that gap disappear. Then sand with 120 on your DA and that gap will no longer be visible. It works great. Just my 2 cents. Good luck.

-- Have a great day.

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Grantman

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#5 posted 1324 days ago

Apex and Grosa – geez, it’s a tough crowd in LJ! Can’t get away with anything around here, eh? LOL!

This was only my second attempt at dovetails and they’re far, far better than my first attempt on my wife’s bench.

Grosa – good trick on the glue with the sawdust, but wouldn’t I also be forcing some glue into the end grain thereby possibly causing finishing problems down the road?

AA – as far as the scribing lines, I’d prefer not to see them but I’ve also seen some wonderful projects in top shows and the magazines that have them, too, so I’m not that bent out of shape. I’m more happy that I can cut the bloody things and not have a 1/8” gap between the pins and tails! ;-)

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Ampeater

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#6 posted 1324 days ago

Beautiful work and you could not have found a better slab of wood for that bench..

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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Blake

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#7 posted 1324 days ago

I really like this. Nicely done!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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rance

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#8 posted 1324 days ago

The DT joints with that Canary wood are REALLY eye-catching. Nice job.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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TheGravedigger

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#9 posted 1324 days ago

Atta boy, Grantman, stand your ground & don’t let ‘em buffalo you! Very nice piece. Shucks, I wish all my dovetails looked as nice.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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Heidi Neely

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#10 posted 1324 days ago

Very nice job on the hand cut dovetails!! Something to be proud of for sure!!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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Dave

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#11 posted 1315 days ago

Great bench my wife loves it to

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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