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When compiling my projects this is the one I am most proud of. It is actually three pieces: dining room table, corner hutch, and bench.

My wife’s birthday is December 27th, so one year for Christmas she asked for a dining room table. She got that for Christmas and for her birthday she got the hutch: 2000 was a very good year for her. I added the place settings and bowl a couple months later. I recently finished the bench in 2007.

Everything is made from red oak with several poplar dowels to add accents and a look of old world craftsmanship. When done, I stained everything with a red oak stain to make it look just a bit redder. We looked for chairs and found a set of four, but could not find any end chairs with arm rests, so we kept looking.

Over the years we began to host a Christmas Eve party for family members and the four chairs quickly became inadequate, so I decided to make a bench. Now the problem was a piece of wood: where could I get a piece of wood big enough for the seat of the bench? My in-laws down-sized and I inherited a piece of 2 X 12 oak planking that was used as a workbench, chopping block, and vise holder (the underside still shows signs of a hatchet, holes where the vise was mounted, and stains from years motor oil soaking on the surface.) I had no idea what I was going to do with this piece of wood, so it was sitting in my back yard leaning against the firewood pile when my wife said “Why don’t you use that board for the bench?”

As I said, this project, even though it is actually several pieces, is probably what I am the proudest of. This is partly because of what it is, who it is for, and the fun that it was making. My wife keeps asking for two smaller bowls to go on either side of the big one in the center of the table, so maybe this isn’t done yet.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#1 posted 2349 days ago

Very nice Brian, and I love the story as well. These were great gifts and I am sure they will be in your family for many years. It is nice that you were able to use the oak for the bench as well and keep it in the family. All these piece will accumulate a lot of sentimental value.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#2 posted 2349 days ago

Nice work Brian. True family heirlooms to be passed on to future generations.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 2349 days ago

Great table top. Looks just like mine.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 2349 days ago

What a lovely story Brian. They are all wonderful projects. The furniture will last a lifetime and you and your wife will enjoy many happy meals (not of the fast food type happy meal) together on it I’m sure.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 2349 days ago

This is really good work Brian, and your family will be reminded of your handiness for years to come!

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 2348 days ago

Everything looks great! Really shows off your skills as a woodworker.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#7 posted 2348 days ago

Great work. Projects to be proud of.

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#8 posted 2348 days ago

Brian, Welcome aboard.
I can certainly see why you are proud of this multiphased project. All of the pieces look great and I am sure they are well appreciated daily.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 2262 days ago

Those are some nice projects.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 2035 days ago

well she is a lucky girl then

-- mwm! Before you criticise walk a mile in their shoes, and when you do criticise you will be a mile away and have their shoes!

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