Hunters Bench (357)

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Project by RMP posted 03-04-2012 03:00 PM 1492 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bench from 3/4” pine, a nice piece I found Lowes. The knots and blues and grays really add to the character I think. The deer inlay is Padauk. I framed the top with a piece of red oak and plugged all the screw holes with (357 shells). Oh yeah! I used a Kreg jig bit for the holes and the shells fit perfectly. The bench is 15” H x 36” W x 11 1/2” D. The finish is Tung oil, 2 coats, rubbed with steal wool between and after. Then 2 coats of wax. This was really fun to make. Thanks for lookin’.

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#1 posted 03-04-2012 03:36 PM

Wow, great bench, I love the shells as plugs. Very nice work on the inlay as well.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 03:58 PM

Nice bench, it gives me ideas… I guess I’ll have to try something like this…

-- Bob, Michigan

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#3 posted 03-04-2012 04:12 PM

Very nice! Great job on the deer and I really like the idea of the shells for plugs.

-- - Martin

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 04:50 PM

I hope you don’t mind, but you’ve inspired me! I’ll be building something VERY similar to this for my father in law. I love the look of it.

-- Steve

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#5 posted 03-04-2012 06:02 PM

Hello RMP

Great work on the inlay deer

In my favorite for the future !!!
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#6 posted 03-04-2012 07:42 PM

Very cool inlay and the shell casing idea was a masterpiece. For me that project says that’s a guy seat.

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

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 04:17 AM

very cool.

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 05:06 AM

Nice job!! Beautiful job on your inlay work. I too have used some 44 mag casings in my projects, it just adds a little something extra doesn’t it?

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#9 posted 03-07-2012 04:22 AM

Excellent work! Adding to what others have said, your inlay looks great, and I really like that you aligned the grain of the Padauk perpendicular to the pine – I think the contrast gives it depth.

Steve T.

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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