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Mud Room Bench Project (In Progress)

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Project by FranBo posted 755 days ago 1570 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am almost done with this rather elaborate mud room bench, which is part classic bench with cubby holes and party church pew (former catholic school boy you know!) Executed primarily in very economical southern yellow pine, it has a multitude of complex joints and details in it that are new challenges for me as junior woodworker (I’ve only been doing this for about six months!) Main challenge is to invent all the joinery between intersections of two or three members, and rely on screw and glue as least as possible, and only when it is strategically better to use a screw to “suck” a member to another member (sounds disgusting!) Some pieces are very complex for me, like the seat side, which has many different kinds of operations on it, and features my first attempt at a small wood carving detail. (It’s not quite complete yet. I still have to refine a few details, as you can see.) Final assembly will be HELL I’m sure. The sketch page is a working sketch page I keep in the shop and alter as I move along, refining joints and making small changes. The “form” of the seat (that beautiful curve) is emphasized on the seat side, and will hopefully make this bench very comfortable, as opposed to a flat bench seat. I’m the one that’s going to sit my arse on it every day, and I want nice seat! Maybe I’ll stick around and enjoy an IPA if it’s really comfortable, while I watch the dogs eat their vittles.
New tools employed here include: a Japanese “Ryoba” two-sided pull saw (love it!), a used bandsaw (many problems, mostly trashing at least two blades so far,) and basic wood carving tools.
Hope you like! I’ll post pics of the completed project in a couple weeks…

-- Fran B, Residential Designer





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 755 days ago

So far so good. The only way to learn is to try. I have doing woodworking for 30 years and I still cannot carve.

Most of my stuff is straight and glue and screws are my friend.

-- Chris K

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FranBo

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#2 posted 755 days ago

That’s what I usually see, very skillful and precise cutting and assembly of mostly rectilinear pieces. Only a few people go that extra step and try curves, carves, materials other than wood, and other fanciful but beautiful stuff. I’m pushing myself into MORE CREATIVE TERRITORY, no doubt…

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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Richforever

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#3 posted 755 days ago

Wow! Nice creative stuff. I’m trying to do something like it only not so artistic – a swing indoors that reminds me of the swing that was in my grandparents backyard when I was a younger kid.

Love the curves and the carving. Looking forward to more pictures.

By the way, what is it about seats? With a German mother and a Lutheran church, I remember growing up having to sit (quietly without moving) during Sunday sermons on a rock hard, icy cold, white wooden pew until my butt was numb. Then I was “good to go” for another week.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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FranBo

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#4 posted 754 days ago

Rich, thanks for kind words. Yes, I wanted this to conform to MY BOTTOM so I would be comfortable. I like those adirondack chairs, all wood, but conforms well to the body shape. Curves in a furniture project add quite a lot of challenge, but also add considerable beauty, so well worth it I think. I may even say a prayer on it after I get it assembled. IF I can get it assembled he he…

-- Fran B, Residential Designer

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