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Project by Ivan posted 01-26-2012 03:52 PM 2429 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maple and Mahogany bench. Seats lift up on piano hinges. I tried to make the seats from the same stock as the top, but found the small strips running front to back allowed too much contraction and the spindles would have been pulled in (back piece ‘shrank’ over 1/2”!)

Finished with 5 coats of Waterlox.

Oh and my wife filled it the moment it was in place. Not sure if she was more excited about the seating or storage…

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."





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ed220

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#1 posted 01-26-2012 04:02 PM

Very nice bench. I really like the finish. Have to try Waterlox, Thanks for posting.

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w8n4simplertimes

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 05:01 PM

Excellent project.

What method of joinery did you use?

Thanks

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 05:02 PM

That is a great bench. The trestle table you made is also great and of course the two look very nice together. Have you got some chairs planned for the other side of the table?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Charles Maxwell

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 05:13 PM

Nice design. Brilliant execution.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 05:22 PM

Well done, great finish….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 05:55 PM

Very nice work and design ,beautiful and functional .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Hallmark

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 07:39 PM

That is really sharp, great job on the build and finish.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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Ivan

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 08:16 PM

Thank you for the kind words, it is MUCH more comfortable than the cruddy IKEA chairs my sister ‘loaned’ us.

I was thinking about chairs, I found a simple plan on Fine Woodworking and was thinking of maybe tweaking it a little. Maple and Mahogany for materials. Time is of the essence with a baby on the way, but we can both sit on the bench for the next few months before I have some time…

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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Ivan

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 08:18 PM

Everything is M&T, the back part of the bench ‘seat’ (where the spindles are sunk) has pockethole screws holding it to the back. I have a sliding DT for the center divider and Pockethole screws holding the 3/4 ply bottom on.

Spindles are bent laminations, I had started with the bandsaw and found the cut was just not clean enough, so i cut 1/8” strips on the TS.

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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florentin

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#10 posted 01-26-2012 10:40 PM

Great work on the bench.
Did you also build the table?

-- http://www.florentintise.com/

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WoodLe

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#11 posted 01-27-2012 02:47 AM

I really like the table too!!

-- www.largewoodslabs.com Wooster, Ohio

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