|Project by FranBo||posted 07-03-2012 04:09 PM||2286 views||3 times favorited||4 comments|
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