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It’s a good thing folks drive by my house and don’t get to check this project out closely. It looks great until you try to sit on it. I was involved in a post about doing projects on the fly, just figuring things out as you go as opposed to following plans. This project speaks to that topic. It’s a great looking bench put together with tenons and mortise joints. The only hardware are brass screws holding the seat slats down.

This was the first and last time I followed plans step. Instructions told me to cut the pieces on the cut list and then assemble. Everything was going well until the end when I was instructed to cut the taper on the back legs so the seat would lean back at about 7*. Well the wood was no longer there and now we sit up very, very straight on that bench. Now I look at designs and go at it my own way!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!





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jim1953

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#1 posted 1184 days ago

Great Lookin Bench

-- Jim, Kentucky

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devann

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#2 posted 1184 days ago

Yes, it is a very good looking bench. And it looks like you have done a fine job of building it. Don’t beat yourself up too much. We’ve all done something like that. I’ve made several benches and porch swings and I’m still fine tuning the back angle/shape. Just made one earlier this month and I’m getting closer but….

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 1184 days ago

Nice job, I feel your pain. I think we all have set backs but thats how we learn. Looks good.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 1184 days ago

Bernie, I have to agree this is a good looking bench. I can understand your frustration with the plans and think that Ken has it nailed with his comment. But, despite the bench’s sitting comfort, it does have a nice design to it in addition to being solid and well built.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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headkeep

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#5 posted 1184 days ago

The bench is absolutely beautiful. I wish I had your skill!

-- Dan

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JohnGreco

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#6 posted 1184 days ago

Nice looking bench, Bernie. I’m in the middle of a bench myself, muddling through all of it from scratch. I figure this way if a cut is wrong I have nobody to blame but myself ;)

-- John

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1183 days ago

Nice design and build. Good looking wood.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Bernie

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#8 posted 1183 days ago

Tanks for all the nice comments, especially since they come from talented folks like yourselves. The best thing about posting projects is that you get to connect to home pages of folks who comment on your own project. Take for instance my friend Headkeep – a fellow LJ who has a small seasonal shop and has produced a couple of birds from pallet wood. He’s the guy above who wishes he had my skill. I forgive you for confusing talent with experience. I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters who always tell me Dad would be so proud of me because my work is better then his. I always remind them Dad never even dreamed of the tools I have. He did GREAT.

Anyways, sorry for rambling… thanks for the compliments!

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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