"Bangko ni Eba" Eve's bench

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 07-27-2011 09:33 AM 5914 views 42 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An offshoot of my “Adan at Eba” The splayed legs are made from Iron wood. the slatted seats are of Ipil and doweled through and through with ironwood. This design was developed for a smaller room….. thus the, simpler legs to make it look lighter.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 09:41 AM


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

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 01:07 PM

Love this bench Benji! It’s marvelous and so is the rest of your work. Did you steam-bend the legs or are they cutouts?

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 01:17 PM

Thanks Chris. The legs are cutouts.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 01:27 PM


This is one of the most elegant benches I’ve ever seen. I love it. I bet you have more of your projects marked as someones favorite than any other lumberjock. How did you attach the legs?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 01:32 PM

Thanks Hal. Half lapped the ends to the slats. The more weight you apply to it the more it wedges together.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 01:33 PM

This gives the bench making a whole new notch of respect. Well done.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 07-27-2011 03:14 PM

Only Benji could call legs like this simpler than other legs to make it look lighter and be serious. Is this the
bench for the walk in closet/bathroom, or do we get to see another in this series? Wish I could build
something close to this in artistry and craftsmanship. Thank you for once again making us a little envious
and striving to improve our skills.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 03:45 PM

Stunning. Those legs really draw my eye to them. They are beautiful and graceful in their shape and proportions. And that’s just the legs, not to mention the rest of the work. What a wonderful piece!

-- 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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#9 posted 07-27-2011 04:23 PM


Just woke up, checking email, saw, “another project that you have accomplished”. Came to the page and feel like one of your clients! Just can’t sit on it. LOL very nice visual movement. Like how you added strength and elegance with the arched stringers. Is the ironwood( named for its strenght?) hard on your tools? Did you use mechanical fasteners in addition to the joinery? It is both art and function and the wood vs design still comes through. I appreciate that struggle. I’m betting you said “I did that”and smiled. I would.

If I could even get close…LOL ( Something to aspire too?)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 07-27-2011 04:23 PM

Very eye catching. It almost looks like it could be used as a coffee table as well.


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#11 posted 07-27-2011 04:27 PM

Would appreciate if you could post a picture underneath to see how it all joins together.


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#12 posted 07-27-2011 04:47 PM


Fantastic design and craftsmanship! I don’t ususally look at benches, but this one really caught my eye.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#13 posted 07-27-2011 05:02 PM

Benji….everything you build amazes me. You have a terrific sense of style and elegance and I look forward to seeing EVERYTHING you post. I agree with bvdon…I would like to see photos of the bottom side to see the joinery.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#14 posted 07-27-2011 05:05 PM

Design, fit and finish, choice of materials, balance,....................where does one start to describe this.

Another excellent piece Benji

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#15 posted 07-27-2011 05:26 PM


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