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Project by ADHDan posted 08-17-2012 04:51 PM 1171 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A walnut bench I made for my parents. They have a full living and dining room set of original Nakashima furniture, so I built this to approximate his style as best I can at my current skill level.

Added some pictures showcasing their Nakashima originals as well. At least my bench blends in, and I think only fellow woodworkers would notice and disdain (rightly so) the pocket screw joinery in my piece.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.





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MonteCristo

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#1 posted 08-17-2012 05:46 PM

Lucky parents ! Nice slab of walnut on your addition. Is it Black or Claro ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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ADHDan

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#2 posted 08-17-2012 05:52 PM

I think it was black walnut. My parents actually brought the slab back with them from Asheville, NC – where they have a friend who does professional woodworking. They also brought a few other slabs of different woods, figuring I could turn them into something nice. I used a slab of laurel to make them an end table, and I plan on using some additional walnut slabs to make a console for holding a DVR, Blu-Ray, etc. under a wall-mounted TV.

I’ve been doing these projects with my dad, which has been fun and interesting. He has no real woodworking experience, so it’s a bit of a role-reversal from when I was a kid and would help him with projects – now he has to do what I tell him :-).

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 08-17-2012 06:47 PM

A very nice bench

Go easy on Dad. :)

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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jaykaypur

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#4 posted 08-17-2012 07:37 PM

I wouldnt worry too much about your skill level. This bench is very well done.

Ain’t it fun having a helper?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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ADHDan

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#5 posted 08-17-2012 08:04 PM

Thanks! I’m not really that hard on my dad, just need to keep reminding him that the table saw is a one-man operation (at least in my shop). He’s extremely helpful when we’re multitasking; I’ll work the wood on a bench tool, he’ll take an ROS to the output.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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Woodbridge

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#6 posted 08-18-2012 01:27 AM

You’ve created a nice addition to your parents Nakashima collection. Great looking bench, well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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ADHDan

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#7 posted 08-18-2012 02:26 AM

Thanks! Had I more time I would’ve used fancier joinery, but with a brand new baby I have to rely more and more on biscuits and pocket screws.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#8 posted 08-20-2012 06:46 PM

super long pocket screws? the plugs look kinda low (not that I really know anything about where they should be)

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ADHDan

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#9 posted 08-20-2012 06:59 PM

Not sure how long they were, I think maybe 2” or 2.5”. The bench slab is very thick.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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ADHDan

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#10 posted 08-29-2013 09:29 PM

Now that I sent my parents a link to my LJ profile, I should make clear: dad, I am (mostly) kidding about giving you a hard time in the shop. I’ve had a lot of fun working on projects with you, and look forward to using up the rest of your live-edge slabs building more stuff together!

(But seriously it’s best not to try to pull stock from the outfeed side of the table saw. I’m sure any number of people on this site could provide horror stories from that operation.)

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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