A red oak bench I built for a 55th anniversary gift.

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Project by HalDougherty posted 1132 days ago 2480 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my aunt and uncle a bench for their 55th anniversary last month. I only had two days to build and finish the bench when I found out they were having a 55th anniversary, so I didn’t take time for photos. When I went to visit this afternoon, I found they liked the bench so much they didn’t use it as a dressing bench at the foot of their bed, they used it as a coffee table in the living room. I had a small plaque made for the bench with their names and the date so that future generations would know who the bench was made for and why. I always put a heritage plaque on cradles with the baby’s name and date of birth. Then the parents can add another brass plaque for each child that uses the cradle.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 1132 days ago

Excellent workmanship. Very nice.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#2 posted 1131 days ago

Very unique gift. The heritage plaque is really a novel idea.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#3 posted 1131 days ago

Very nice Hal; I know they’ll treasure it! I like the graceful curves on this one!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#4 posted 1131 days ago

Like Popsnsons said “Excellent workmanship”. I also like the intended use -”a dressing bench”. As I spur of the moment choice that was an excellent idea. That they chose to use it in the front room as a coffee table must be flattering.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 1131 days ago

That is a beautiful table, Hal. Nice touch with the personalized plaque too!!I like the curved ends of the top, that is a eye appealing design!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 1131 days ago

Nice job. I like the joinery and the design

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Roman Hrytsak

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#7 posted 1131 days ago

Nice bench/coffee table. It’s given me some ideas for my coffee table plans.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#8 posted 1131 days ago

Great looking bench Hal, I am sure they will treasure it forever.

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#9 posted 1130 days ago

Great job and gift!

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

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#10 posted 1130 days ago

Great job!! Nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 1124 days ago

Something for the 55th that you made means everything!

-- Keith - Iowa

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Henry Mowry

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#12 posted 899 days ago

Craftsmanship is always better with love. The through tenons are a great detail. Did you design the bench, or where did the inspiration come from?

Fabulous job.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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