Yoga Meditation Bench

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Project by Don posted 708 days ago 4198 views 11 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Your opinions matter to me so let me know what you think.


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 708 days ago

What a beautiful slab of walnut and an interesting design. Is it at all wobbly with the tenons being loose/not pinned?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 708 days ago

That looks fantastic.

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#3 posted 708 days ago

This is beautiful and the design will definitely help in meditation – I could look at that walnut all day!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 708 days ago

Thanks….it’s not wobbly at all. I tried it but don’t let her know :)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#5 posted 708 days ago

Great looking bench!

Normally, these are used at about a 30 degree tilt, kind of like wedging some pillows between the meditator’s butt and legs. They aren’t used with the top level. Think of sitting on the backs of your own calves.

I’d be interested to hear how this works out with the shape of the bottoms of the legs and the through tenons. It’s not unheard of for folks to use these for hours at a sitting. I still have to use pillows, as my legs fall asleep, so if this design works, I’d love to build one for myself with the same legs.

Thanks for posting!

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#6 posted 708 days ago

I love it

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#7 posted 708 days ago

Barry – I saw a lot of benches on the net with the slanted seats like you described and if the legs weren’t rounded on the bottom, I would have slanted them. She wanted him to be able to use the rounded legs to adjust for his height and to change position even slightly and I thought that if they were slanted and rounded, it may just pitch him forward.

I’m hoping the design will work out and if it does, I’ll be sure to post back or PM you. He won’t be getting it until October so you may have to wait a bit. Also if she decides she really doesn’t like it, I have plenty of time to redo the legs.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#8 posted 708 days ago

Thanks, Don! I’d like that!

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#9 posted 707 days ago

I think the term ‘Beautiful’ describes this bench for me. Great job.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#10 posted 707 days ago

I don’t do much meditating but with a bench like that I might start haha, great design!

-- Chris, Long Island

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#11 posted 707 days ago

The walnut top you made is so very good looking!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 707 days ago


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 707 days ago

That piece of curly/wavy walnut is amazing. Nice touch all around.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#14 posted 707 days ago

Very Cool!

-- Chris, Fl.

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#15 posted 707 days ago

Wow, this one can bring much needed inner peace …

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