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Project by pete79 posted 1194 days ago 2162 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench I made for my parents as a Christmas gift. It’s the 4th piece of furniture I’ve ever made. Since I have no insulation or heat in my garage, I had to wait until it got a little warmer out to start building it for them though.

The bench is made of red oak and walnut. The entire bench started out as one big 8/4 slab of walnut, and one big 8/4 slab of red oak. This was my first attempt at mortise and tenon joinery, so I figured I might as well go for it and I drawbored the joints while I was at it. That worked out pretty good except that I offset two of the holes in the tenons too much and ended up cracking the pegs. Not a big deal as they split after they were all the way in and I was able to plane off most of the cracked part. I don’t own many larger power tools, so the only one involved in the making of this bench was a table saw – everything else was done with a hand plane and chisels, which was really fun.

I sanded down to 220 and finished with three coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin and a coat of wax. I didn’t see the saw marks on the end grain of the seat until I posted the pictures – you can’t see them in person, so I assume the flash highlighted them (oh well). I signed the bottom of the bench in the center near the walnut strip.

I learned a LOT along the way on this one, including the results of internal wood stresses as the 8/4 walnut slab I started with decided it didn’t like being ripped into smaller pieces I guess.

I wish I could keep this one, but it goes to its new home tomorrow. Hope you enjoy.

-- Life is a one lap race.





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Monty Queen

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#1 posted 1194 days ago

Wow it looks awesome, you did a great job on that table. Superb craftsmanship

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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smitty22

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#2 posted 1194 days ago

Great design and craftsmanship, thanks for posting it.

-- Smitty

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Nathaniel Johnson

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#3 posted 1194 days ago

I love how you used these two woods. We have both black walnut and (white) oak and I have wanted to use them in combination for a while. Beautiful work and thank you for the inspiration.

—Nathaniel

-- -- Nathaniel

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auggy53

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#4 posted 1194 days ago

very nice piece , i wish i had the ability to do something like that . maybe someday , looks great !

-- rick

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jim1953

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#5 posted 1194 days ago

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Splinterman

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#6 posted 1194 days ago

Sweet design and well finished…good job.

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HalDougherty

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#7 posted 1194 days ago

Great looking bench. Having more tools doesn’t make your work better, ... but, you can never have enough tools. LOL

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Bob Fowkes

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#8 posted 1194 days ago

Very nice! So true that some marks don’t show up until the end, at certain angles, or with certain light….

-- Bob

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Dave

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#9 posted 1194 days ago

I love the accent down the middle. Nice work

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

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ward63

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#10 posted 1194 days ago

That’s a beautiful bench! I think it will last at least a few centuries. I really like the contrasting woods.
Excellent job. Thanks for sharing.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#11 posted 1194 days ago

That’s a beautiful bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Mark

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#12 posted 1103 days ago

Beautiful bench. I’d like to make a bench like this. Did you use plans or design it yourself?

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AMF64

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#13 posted 679 days ago

Hey Pete,
Was browsing through & found your bench & wondering also if you had plans. Love the design, can you enlighten me as to your inspiration..

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pete79

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#14 posted 678 days ago

Thanks for the compliment. I didn’t have any plans to wirk from other than a very rough sketch I did. I made this up as I went along. The inspiration came from a few different pieces I saw here on LJ’s, but the mix in wood was really what I was after. I wanted something that had walnut in it and it had to have oak to match my parents furniture. The rest was just a matter of what pieces I thought would look good in certain spots.

Thanks again!

-- Life is a one lap race.

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AMF64

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#15 posted 678 days ago

Thanks, could you lmk apprx dimensions of the legs? Looking to do something similar…again, thanks &beautiful piece. You can p/m me if you like.

Cheers

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