Mission Style / Art and Crafts Window Bench

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Project by Brandon posted 08-14-2011 11:31 PM 5551 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mission style window bench. Quarter-sawn white oak with mortise-and-tenon joinery. No real plans with this one; I just designed it as I went along. Overall I’m pretty happy with the design though. I stained it with Minwax Early American like my nightstand, but I wasn’t as happy with the color this time. Perhaps I’ll try ammonia fuming my next A&C project. Comments and constructive criticisms are welcomed. Thanks for looking.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 08-15-2011 02:22 AM

Very nice project. Sometimes it’s nice to just wing and see what you get. It really worked for you this time.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#2 posted 08-15-2011 04:10 PM

Great job!! Nice design and build.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 08-15-2011 08:27 PM

Brandon I think your bench came out great. I appreciate the details you put into it such as the spindles and through mortise and tenons. I think the color looks just stunning.
I have to say that I don’t like to work with Minwax stains though. I much prefer Rodda stains. They are easier to apply, and much more forgiving to get the color you are after. Minwax is a thin stain, and Rodda is thicker with more suspended solids.
Again, great work on this project!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 02:38 AM

Beautiful bench!

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 01:57 PM

Wow, very nice, I love the quarter sawn oak. That is professional quality workmanship man!

The picture with your cat is great but arent you scared he/she will scratch it?

I have had no luck with minwax staines. I tired two different colors for my recent book shelf project (birch)and the color didnt look good and it didnt color the dense parts of the wood much. But maybe they work better on oak.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 02:12 PM

Thanks, Mauricio. So far the cats haven’t destroyed it yet, and they’re on it all the time, looking out the window.

Oak takes stain really well. It’s actually the only wood that I regularly use and will stain. I generally prefer working with other woods and leaving them their original color, but to me oak needs stain.

On woods like pine, you may want to try using a pre-stain conditioner before applying the stain.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 01:46 AM

Oh man, another nice one… excellent work on the through tenons.. gorgeous top! I really just want to steal this and put it in my house :-)

I haven’t had any trouble with minwax stains per se… I just couple them with transtint dyes and I can get almost any color I want… especially with dark colors… if I only use stain, it never gets that dark and repeated application does nothing… now I typically take it 50% of the darkness with the non-pore filling transtint dye, and then bring it the rest of the way with a more traditional oil based stain… has been working great esp. with woods that don’t like to go dark like maple.

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 01:52 AM

Very nice work love the QSO

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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