Simple Bench

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Project by elyders posted 02-14-2008 05:55 PM 1476 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife wanted a bench for the kitchen table. She was going to buy one from Pottery Barn for about $100, but I said I could make the exact same one, with better wood, for about $30.

I used red oak because my wife wasn’t sure if she was going to paint it or satin it. She decided to paint it black, but I still liked using the red oak.

The joints are simple buscuits and I used a jigsaw for the “A” cutout in the legs.

This project was so simple I’m almost ashamed of showing it off.

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 06:28 PM

Simple is sometimes the best way to make things.

Very nice job. Too bad about covering up the red oak.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 06:30 PM

Very nice bench! I may have to rip off the design :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 06:38 PM

Agree with GaryK above. Simple does not imply ‘bad’. This is a great piece that just happened to be simple
for you to build.

-- Still learning everything

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 06:59 PM

Simply beatiful.

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 07:21 PM

Great job! Now how much of the $70 savings do you get to spend on tools?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 08:10 PM

Yes, this is a nice bench. It really doesn’t how simple or complicated a project is, you will always find an enthusiastic audience here waiting to see the post.

I agree with Gary’s comment about covering up the oak. But this is a personal taste and I recognize that not everyone shares my aversion to painting wood.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-15-2008 02:07 AM

Welcome to LJ’s Elyders. Simplicity wins.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 02-15-2008 05:10 AM

Awesome bench! the table leg in backround looks kool too.

You could use two benches and a table for picnic…...couldnt you?

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