A dovetail wonder

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This whole bench was build with sliding dovetail. It was for a customer that wanted a bench to stick the families shoes in when they walked in the door. Needless to say she ended up not wanting it (we won’t go in to that one). So my mom ended up getting it. It was the first time I ever messed with Dovetail joinery and I was surprised just how strong they were.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2370 days ago

This is a nice piece. I am sure that your mother appreciated it. With this many dovetails in it I am sure that the joints will never fail. Good job.

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

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#2 posted 2370 days ago

Dovetails are pretty strong. Good job!

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

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#3 posted 2370 days ago

The back of the bench is very impressive along with the whole piece.Pl add more photos if possible.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 2370 days ago

Looks good. How did you finish it?

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#5 posted 2370 days ago

Well, Mom wins this one, can’t understand why people do things like that sometimes…oh well, their loss :>) Nice bench.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 2369 days ago

The back resembles a bat. Any coincidence?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 2369 days ago

No finish, To save money the customer want it unfinished. To this day my mom has yet to finish it. But it is loaded with shoes. The shape is just something I came up with. The customer had a house that was filled with country style furnishing. This was what I came up with and she like it.


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#8 posted 2357 days ago

that is a nice piece. I’m surprised that the customer turned it down. sliding dovetails are a very strong joint. it came out great and I’m sure your mother will really appreciate it.

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#9 posted 2198 days ago

Did your customer approve the design ? It kinda looks like Batman or the Statue of Liberty crown to me for some reason . If she has “country style furnishings ” , I can’t see how this would fit in . I think you did a great job building it though . I like everything about it except the backrest design …maybe it scared her kids ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 1629 days ago

That’s a real nice job…

-- Rick

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