|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 03-08-2007 01:07 AM||9901 views||24 times favorited||22 comments|
I have done some very sophisticated pieces, but these Shaker style benches are a favorite of everyone that sees them. I made one for a client in Ohio based on an original that he showed me. I suggested adding the drawers underneath for the kids to store hats and mittens. The design has become a winner. I have made three more since then. I make a 3 and 4 drawer design. The bench is made out of cherry, I just love the color and working characteristics of cherry. If you want the “Wow” factor to increase on any project, I recommend staying away from oak. The finish is a catalyzed lacquer, and the drawers have through dovetails. I installed locking pins through the top and bottoms of the dovetails so they will never come apart. There is no hardware involved in the drawers, they are simple boxes that slide on oiled and waxed black walnut runners. They are made to be easily removed and installed by kids with just a pull by a simple fingerhole.
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com