Memorial Benches - - - With a story

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Project by majeagle1 posted 03-09-2011 06:22 AM 6633 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In October I completed these comissioned Memorial Benches for some very dear friends of ours.
They are made with California Redwood and then stained and finished for protection.

The story is: Our friends just recently got married – ” at the age of 90 and 85 respectively”. Each of them lost their loving spouse of many, many years awhile back. They all knew each other for decades and the families got together quite often. One day the gentleman asked the lady friend to go to lunch… and now for the rest of the story ! They continued seeing each other for several months and finally he actually got down on his knee and proposed. They are now the happiest loving couple you could ever wish for.

As I said, they each had a long and wonderful marriage before and loved their previous spouse dearly. They both thought it would be nice to have a memorial bench made in their honor. As luck would have it, they gave me the wonderful honor of doing this for them.

I enjoyed this project very much, it taught me a few new skills and challenges but they came out quite nice. Most importantly, they are thrilled with them.

Thanks for listening, I just thought that this was kinda special…........

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#1 posted 03-09-2011 06:46 AM

A wonderful story, and great benches to boot.

Thank you for sharing.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#2 posted 03-09-2011 09:14 AM

What an honor they gave you. They must think very highly of you.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 03-09-2011 11:35 AM

Great work, looks real nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 01:59 PM

Nice benches and nice story behind it :-)

Thanks for sharing.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 02:40 PM

Hi Gene;

Wouldn’t you think, at their age, they would know better? Or maybe they did, but they forgot. LOL

Great story, and beautiful job on the bench.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 02:45 PM

Very nice benches and great story.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 03:02 PM

great story, and great project. very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 03:21 PM

There is nothing like a well built classy piece of work with a most wonderful reasoning behind it. Most definitely some good stuff here Gene…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 04:20 PM

Great benches inspired by a wonderful story. This is what makes woodworking special.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 08:53 PM

Great benches and even better story, Gene!

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

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 09:19 PM

Wonderful benches to go along with a wonderful story. A successful build with beauty and functionality for a very good reason. What more could one ask for? Another job well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 05:50 AM


-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 05:11 PM

Great Bench Gene to go with a terrific story.

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#14 posted 03-10-2011 06:43 PM

Great looking bench, nice story to go along with the bench!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 02:43 AM

Nice bench’s and a wonderful reason to have built them

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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