Octagon Bench Seat

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To my dear Polish brethren of the Wood, How well you doth challenge me in seeking truth in the mathematical mystery of your mind and vision of the elusive Octagon.

This octagon window seat is made of pre finished clr. Maple plywood inside and wrapped in vgrv.1×6 and painted poplar trim. The top is made of cherry. There are 3 dust free storage areas with lids.

It was part of a whole house trim package which included cabinetry and custom builtins.

It doesn’t look like it would be that hard to build, but the outside walls were the worst I have ever seen.
The walls were all different sizes by as much as 2”, leaned out 1/2”, and the floor dropped in 1/2” over 2 ft. and pitched 3/4” from one side to the other. The 2 pc. tall base had to wrap around and tie in on the other side.

The cabinet is level and a true octagon on the inside.

I really like using 7/16 ×1 1/4” poplar door stop for shoe on a tall base. Stained (same as floor) oak shoe on white base looks cool too.

Routing a grill is always a nice touch.

A Master cabinet maker, Steve D’incognito stopped by while making the jig and showed me how to keep the small grill pcs. from exploding or chattering while routing them by leaving a 16th of an inch. Then finish cutting them out with an exacto knife. Thanks Steve.

-- mark

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#1 posted 1271 days ago

Nothing shows ones abilities like working in an old house that has sagged, twisted, and generally deformed for years. Nice work.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#2 posted 1271 days ago

Nice looking bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 1271 days ago

Well done. Nothing like a good challenge to sharpen your skills. Way to go.


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Dan Hux

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#4 posted 1271 days ago

great looking windows seats. makes me wanna tear mine out and start over..LOL, great job

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#5 posted 1271 days ago

Sweet job…well done.

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#6 posted 1271 days ago

Nice bench for a nice house.
Best thoughts,

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 1271 days ago

Dan, I hate to say it but this was a BRAND NEW 2.5 MILLION DOLLAR HOUSE.

AND….. the home owner bought the property with a house on it for 700K and tore the house down.

This reminds me of the Blog: So good, you got fired.

I bid on this job for the framing and trim. The architect uses a framing contractor (from the old country) and he had him bid on the framing as well.

The framing bid was 2000.00 more than his so the architect broke the job in two and gave the framing to him and the trim package to us.
2 grand is allot of money so I guess I can’t blame him.

But, The framing ended up being so crude: door jams were bowed and not plumb,

”What iz dis jam level you speak of? We don’t use dat in old country. You don’t know nothing. Go away now dumb American.”

Headers 1/2” too low or 2” too high, vanity and kitchen walls out of square, bottom plates sticking out 1/4” past the studs on every other one,
not a single stud was crowned (9ft. walls), studs missing in every inside corner and no corner blocks. No blocking at all.

There were several other built ins on this job too.

If you figure that I had to pay my guys to make our trim and cabinetry fit and the architect paid for all the drywall repairs after opening the walls a few times to fix things, and numerous change orders because of the bad framing, this job ended up costing us both 2000.00×2 = 4 grand.

I would have made more money if I had lowered my framing bid 2000.00

Live and learn.

-- mark

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Todd Thomas

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#8 posted 1267 days ago

well done!!!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#9 posted 1011 days ago

Well done.

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