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Project by Bill posted 02-07-2007 08:28 PM 2219 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench I completed recently. The customer wanted a bench with a softer look than the standard mission style, but not too far removed. They also wanted raised panels and a storage area. The results were this bench, with a mission style back, the rounded back and sides, and raised panels on three sides.

The stain was traditional cherry, which closely matched their mission style furniture. I think this came out well all things considered.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com





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#1 posted 02-07-2007 08:32 PM

That’s a good one for the old portfolio!

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#2 posted 02-07-2007 10:31 PM

Very nice, I’m partial to Oak.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#3 posted 02-07-2007 10:35 PM

Very pretty Bill, I also am partial to oak if it’s done right, and that’s definetl;y done right. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-07-2007 10:40 PM

hey Dick my brother says the cold can have a profound affect on a compressor. yeA OR NAY? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 02-08-2007 02:06 AM

Bill, this is a beautiful bench. What is the finish and how do you apply it? I’m curious about the small Oak caps that show on the side. Are these to cover screws, or do they serve some other purpose?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#6 posted 02-08-2007 05:52 AM

Bill: Very nice. Was there any discussion about having a child proof safety device to lower the lid down at a gradual speed to keep little fingers from getting slammed.

A buddy of mine made one, but he is still trying to figure out a closing mech. to keep it from falling. I suggested to him the other night to look at the air shocks on rear windows and doors of vans and station wagons. With them you would almost have to pull the lid shut.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 02-08-2007 07:16 AM

I really like your bench. The wood is beautiful.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 02-08-2007 01:26 PM

I really like the way you softened the mission style. It really works nicely.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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#9 posted 02-08-2007 06:13 PM

Thank you all for your appreciation.

The wood is Red Oak, with a traditional cherry stain. The finish is a satin gloss polyurethane, which was hard to dry during January. I applied a total of 3 coats by brush (again, hard to do in the winter).

The oak knobs on the sides cover the screws used to hold the bench together.

As Karson asked, there is no safety catch for the lid. The customers are in their late 60’s, with no young grandkids. If it was for someone else, I would have used a safety catch of some kind.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#10 posted 02-08-2007 10:51 PM

OK, Bill, why did you decide to use knobs instead of plugs?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#11 posted 02-08-2007 10:59 PM

I just liked the looks of the knobs I thought they added something to the bench.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Don

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#12 posted 02-08-2007 11:27 PM

I like the look, also Dick. I just like to understand the artist’s design process better, hence the mundane questions. Again, I like this bench.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#13 posted 02-09-2007 04:32 PM

great job, I think you accomplished the goal of a softer-Mission bench. In this area, they call this styling Country-Oak, it has been made very popular by the folks that sell Amish and Mennonite factory made furniture. In fact, it is so popular here in Kansas, a guy can’t hardly sell anything else, especially not walnut.

good work,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Mark

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#14 posted 02-14-2007 07:38 PM

Bill, that is a nicely designed bench and great workmanship. Your customers should be very pleased.

Mark

-- Mark

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#15 posted 02-23-2007 02:50 AM

very nice piece, beautiful wood too.

-- rickandcarol58@gmail.com

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