octopus's garden bench

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Project by learnin2do posted 08-26-2011 04:38 PM 1846 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been waiting to find the right piece to do an octopus bench; then, one day…whalah!! Some guys exhumed one from beneath a driveway that was being replaced! Okay, so it made me a minute late picking my kid up from school, but…
My Pan had found another for me, but it seems more suitable for a matching glass-top table.

The seat is from my walnut stash, of course!! I love walnut!
The frame is dogwood, box elder, poplar, and crepe myrtle cross-supports.

-- christine

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 04:55 PM

I like the flow of the bench. But how did you join the pieces together?

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 05:16 PM

I think the bench is great and I really like the end of the seat! Looking forward to seeing the table!

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 05:22 PM

This is a great bench. The flow of all of the pieces is nice. I really like the end of the set too. Great work.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#4 posted 08-26-2011 06:14 PM

cool, i’ve been thinking octopus bench for awhile I guess when the pieces present them self’s its time to play. I like yours, what a great seat too.

-- Jeffro,knockonwood

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#5 posted 08-26-2011 06:17 PM

looks great…The piece on the left end in the first photo also reminds me of a goose head.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#6 posted 08-26-2011 06:49 PM

Looks cool! I’m with Andy on how you joined the parts? thanks!

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#7 posted 08-26-2011 07:08 PM

that’s seriously cool. Everyone needs an octopus bench.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 08-26-2011 08:28 PM

-i agree, Manitario…i am not sure it will be easy to part with this one…if someone even makes n offer!

ha ha ha, Andy & B13! -yeah, you know…i’m not even sure how to explain that in words…it just happens. -jeffro is probably the one you want to ask, if you want a legitimate woodworking method -at least i am assuming!
-but…The four vertical “posts” are mortise & tenoned(?) to horizontal pieces of crepe myrtle -upon which the seat slab rests (because otherwise it would be too difficult to move) The seat slab has carved out …uh…it is contoured to fit on the frame without shifting. It was an edge piece, so there was plenty of width to use for that.
-the octopus is doweled on, with a few drywall screws strategically placed
~and lots, and lots of wood glue-dust filler and drywall screws, just in case!! They wonder why i buy so many gallons at my corner hardware store!

-yep, jeffro; that is what i was waiting for…and anyways…when are you going to teach me the secrets of sanding and rocking chairs?! -you should make a bed!! -i want an octopus’ garden bed!

-Greg -you and my daughter!...she looked at the whole thing and asked if it was a bird.

-- christine

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#9 posted 08-26-2011 09:38 PM

Hoo Boy, What a nice looking seat and conversation piece! My suggestion is if you don’t really want to part with it is to set a high price and then double it. If someone buys it then it won’t hurt so bad!

It looks like a really scared goose flying like a bat outa hell! From another view, it does look like an octopus!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 08-27-2011 01:10 AM

Wow, Christine. You really went all out. One of my favorite details is the edge of the seat. The picture that shows that edge also shows the walnut seat is really beautifully finished and the wood curves naturaly about.

Great find, thanks for posting.


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

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#11 posted 08-27-2011 02:34 AM

Really great Christine! I really love it!
My kids seen this and said how did she use a real octopus?? Ha, ha,
Great work! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#12 posted 09-07-2011 05:39 PM

Aww Christine- I am so jealous. I haven’t had time to build any cool stuff all summer. This bench is fantastic!! Sorry I have been so long in posting- I haven’t even had a minute for L/J all summer.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 09-07-2011 07:26 PM

That bench really grows on you. I couldn’t help but look at it a few minutes. I’m not sure how comfortable it is but I sure do like the looks of it and for all I know it may be very comfortable. That would look great at my brother’s cabin on the river. They would love it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 09-29-2011 03:58 PM

Wow.. turned out great. You have inspired me…

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#15 posted 10-02-2011 05:47 PM

Very cool and FUN! Watch out for that octopus beak!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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