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Project by gingershack posted 08-20-2011 08:44 PM 2241 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pine bench with wood peg Joinery.

Added a couple pictures of the slat Joinery. I made a jig that cut half dado’s with a router in the end frame which is 1X4 and the slates are 1X2. I finished the dado’s with a chisel. I was surprised at the strength.

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 12:44 AM

Very nice bench! Should get a of of use out of it!

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 01:22 AM

Nice looking bench

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 04:01 AM

Great bench. Its a classic but i like your take on it.

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 06:44 AM

nice design and excellent work.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 06:31 PM

Are the inner cross-slats dadoed half-tenons (or whatever else might be the more appropriate name for this type of technique)? I’m assuming it’s more than just a dado since you’d be trying to glue end-grain to long/flat-grain?

Interesting approach here.

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 06:37 PM

Pretty bench. I like this design.

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#7 posted 08-22-2011 02:13 AM

well done… fundamentally simple build, but with classic look and form. Nice.

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 08:31 AM

Any chance we can get a closer view of the joinery of the slats?

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#9 posted 10-31-2011 05:07 PM

yea turning a board on edge will bring out its strength quality, as the fibers of the wood run up and down the tree, but turn the board sideways and the board would bend, nice design, when you start getting into using other woods, a bench like this could get even more exciting using some exotic wood, and get some really cool colors going on…so what is on the drawing board now..grizz

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#10 posted 10-31-2011 05:22 PM

It’s a really nice looking bench.

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#11 posted 10-31-2011 06:31 PM

Grizz, My current project is a really exciting woodworking challenge. I’m hanging IKEA curtain rods in the basement. The customer on this particular project is very picky, but the rewards are very nice.

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#12 posted 10-31-2011 06:38 PM

IKEA. My daughter move to germany and bought stuff here and picked it up at the store in Germany. Saved shiping to Germany.

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