|Project by schroeder||posted 01-14-2011 10:34 PM||3013 views||3 times favorited||14 comments|
This is a bench built for very good friends – kind of a “craftsman style”. He and his father cut down a Walnut tree some odd 30 years ago and he ripped lumber with a chainsaw and stacked it up until a couple years ago when he gave it to us. They have a long wall on their entry way to the foyer, so I designed the bench around the two book-matched slabs that are the seats. The seats taper 4 inches over in width from the outside at the arms to the center joining table – that’s the way he originally cut them and it ends up making you want to scoot towards the center table.
Cronk says I “over design” but I don’t think so…
The entire bench is Black Walnut with Ebony accents. All the joints are mortise and tenon. I tapered the outside legs 1” with a “Rodel cove” on the bottom to give it a finished look. Christine (the Missus) wanted a shoe rack underneath – it slopes with a 1 1/2” fall towards the front for easier access. The center “table” is a couple inches higher than the arms and I thought would be a natural gathering point on the bench at the end of the day.
The home they are putting it in has a copper theme running throughout so I inlaid a 1/4” copper “W” into the little tabletop for their initial.
They have two daughters, so I never glued up the center connecting tenons in case someday they want to split the bench between them. – Great friends make for great projects!
Finish is sealer and poly.
Thanks Washingtons!- Schroeder
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