|Project by Don||posted 08-24-2012 12:12 AM||6876 views||12 times favorited||24 comments|
A client asked me to do a meditation bench for her boyfriend so off I went to the Googles to see what it was she was talking about. She gave me as much direction as she could and after several emails, we finally settled on a design.
She wanted the seat to look like one of my end grain cutting boards, a solid Walnut one but she didn’t want it just plain, she wanted it ‘pretty’ with the ‘Don touch’. She sent me several pictures she saw on the internet and told me the details from each one she wanted incorporated in this one.
This is made from Walnut with Maple accents to it. The ‘Don touch’ in this bench is evident in the seat. I picked a piece of Walnut that would have knot holes through it so the would show in the finished product, a very natural look to it. The seat is shaped for his bum, as best as I could imagine it without, you know, seeing it :)
He’s a tall gent so after scouting around sites that produce these en masse, I found one with measurements for tall people. The legs are rounded to adjust for different heights. I was going to originally scrollsaw the ‘ohm’ symbol in the legs but liked the grain pattern so much, I decided not to.
I borrowed the idea of the mortise and tenon joinery from a fellow LJ (hope you don’t mind) because she wanted it to be able to come apart. I also left the tenons a little long so they stuck up through the top for visual effect, breaking up the top a bit.
I originally applied two coats of Wipe On Poly but the second coat came out tacky. Sanded the whole thing down again and applied two coats of Danish Oil followed by two coats of Minwax.
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-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca