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Project by Gopherit posted 960 days ago 4807 views 26 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a replica of George Nelson’s Platform Bench from Herman Miller:

http://www.hermanmiller.com/Products/Nelson-Platform-Bench

It could be used as either a coffee table or a bench.

The wood is maple.

I did the joints with a router, but only because I didn’t have a dado set. The trapezoidal legs are finger jointed.

The legs were ebonized with a vinegar and steel wool solution I read about here:

http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/ebonizing_wood

It is an interesting process. I used regular black tea instead of whatever tea they mention in that article. Pretty fun to see the wood slowly turn black from the application of a slightly muddy, but clear solution. The results were probably a little blotchier than an ebony dye, but much cheaper and too noticeably different.

As for the rest of the finish, I wiped on several coats of polyurethane.





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amateur

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#1 posted 960 days ago

I ‘ve always liked this look, and yours is a beauty! Think it’s time to give it a go. Maybe even the ebonizing. Not too sure though. I tried it once before and it turned out really bad. Espresso stain is a nice look. We’ll see how brave I get when the time comes.

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#2 posted 960 days ago

Great job a wonderful desgin.

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KenBry

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#3 posted 960 days ago

I read allot about ebonizing and the best method I could find was using india ink as the dye. I bought a few bottles of the ink at the local craft store and it worked out wonderful. I dyed Poplar and Beach with the ink and they matched nicely. Just an option you might consider for ebonizing. You can see the results here:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/56592

I like the look of your table, Very nice contemperary look.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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tsangell

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#4 posted 960 days ago

You just made the “to do” list. Nice job.

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#5 posted 960 days ago

WOW, that is VERY nice! I especially like the legs!

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#6 posted 960 days ago

Looks wonderful

-- Norman

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nomercadies

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#7 posted 960 days ago

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this beholder is thinking your bench is way beautiful. I must try to do something like that for my family and … me.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#8 posted 960 days ago

I like that a lot. You did a great job on it.

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#9 posted 959 days ago

Sseet

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#10 posted 959 days ago

welcome to :Lj’s great repro…great bench

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bch

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#11 posted 956 days ago

I too have admired that bench. Your version is great looking! Well done.

-- --bch

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LeChuck

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#12 posted 677 days ago

Reviving an older post here. I’ve had this in my faves for a while :)

Congratulations on the great work.

I would love to make one of these eventually. Is there a place to find details on the exact dimensions of the pieces (seems that width should be 18.5”, which would put the slats and spaces at about 20mm if they are equal), details on the joinery…etc? Need to read up on making angled finger joints…

Thanks!

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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Gopherit

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#13 posted 674 days ago

Thanks LeChuck.

Here’s a link I had bookmarked that I remember being some help: http://imgur.com/rwFZo

I made a jig on my router table for the legs. Honestly, I think I just got a bit lucky that the angles worked out right!

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#14 posted 674 days ago

Thanks! I’m not sure the link has correct measurements as about 9 inches long for the bottom part of the leg would probably make the angle very steep. It looks to be about 10 degrees. Also, on all the pictures I’ve seen, teh slats seem to be as wide as the gaps, and twice as high. Hard to tell the exact width of the legs as well. It will be interesting to figure this out :)

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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