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Project by cathyb posted 02-06-2011 06:51 PM 1227 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the year that I am finally going to use up my off cuts! This bench is mahogany, koa and maple with koa legs. I used pieces that were 1 3/4” alternating with 1 3/8” to give a ripple effect ( very comfortable as well). I glued them together in groups of 4 to make sure I had good clamping pressure. Once all the pieces were glued together, I ran the seat through my drum sander to get the bottom level. Next I cut the ends on the bandsaw and used my grinder to round over the edge, then I added the legs and the finish. I’ve got three more benches in the works and some new ideas for using up all the special wood that I couldn’t part with….........

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com





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grizzman

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 07:09 PM

very nice bench kathy, so from what you said i gather these are for your home..i bet you have some wonderful pieces in your home…would i be correct..if so..have you show cased those as well…..i like these benches..good use of your cut off’s and like i said before i love the koa…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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cathyb

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 07:23 PM

Hey Grizzman,

True I do have quite a few pieces in my house. Funny thing is that I am dreaming these days of adding another story just to make space for more projects!!!!!!! So far my husband has denied that request. Why??

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Jonathan

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 07:38 PM

cathyb, a nicely configured original design!

Do you have any more photos that are taken from the side to better show the depth of the top?

I like your wood combination, as well as the order in which you arranged the boards. Also like the undulating top.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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cathyb

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 08:00 PM

Hi Jonathan,

I just added the side shot. Without using a grinder to add that soft edge would have been tricky. It was fun to make bench and I sold it within a week. Another great thing about using multiple woods is that it will go with just about any other wood in the house. The next one is walnut, koa, cherry with a completely different leg design. It should be finished this week…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 08:12 PM

Very cool! Thanks for adding the additional photo. Not at all surprised that it sold right away.

I’m looking forward to seeing the next one!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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cathyb

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 08:13 PM

Me too!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 10:10 PM

I actually like the asymmetricality of the piece..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 01:54 PM

Nice bench Cathy and what better way to use those cut-offs. As usual, your design and work are both top.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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