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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-08-2007 01:07 AM 8974 views 25 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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#1 posted 03-08-2007 01:12 AM

Welcome a board Todd! Nice bench. Nice drawers to.

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#2 posted 03-08-2007 01:14 AM

That is a beautiful piece of furniture, Todd. Cherry is indeed a wonderful wood, and I prefer it over oak. Great work; love to see more.

-- -- Marvin, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware

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#3 posted 03-08-2007 01:16 AM

Dennis,
Did you display your work at the Western Design Conference 2 or 3 years ago? I was on your website and your work looked familiar. Also I think the exhibitor was from your neck of the woods.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#4 posted 03-08-2007 01:20 AM

Very nice bench Todd. I’m about to start a Cherry Buffet and Hutch for my wife. I came across some 20” wide 14’ long cherry planks, So I might be able to make a one board top for it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 03-08-2007 01:24 AM

No they havn’t let me in to WDC yet. One of these days.

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#6 posted 03-08-2007 01:39 AM

I really like the lines of the bench and the drawers with the through dovetails are great.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 03-08-2007 03:33 AM

Great benches. Yes, you can’t beat cherry! I really like the fact that you didn’t use any hardware on the drawers, too.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 03-08-2007 04:09 AM

Very nice. The cherry works great for this, and I understand is nearly as durable as oak? – especially to stand up to the kiddo’s

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#9 posted 03-08-2007 04:48 AM

Is cherry as hard as oak? No, I would say not. But is cherry suitable for this project? I would say yes. The drawers are nicely undersized for the openings that they store in. Also, all the edges and corners are eased. I never really leave crisp edges on anything. It doesn’t take much for them to start looking bad after a few dings.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#10 posted 03-08-2007 05:42 AM

Beautiful work! clearly good craftsmanship – clean~n~ classic

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#11 posted 03-08-2007 06:16 AM

Oak is O.K. That’s it. Just a few steps ahead of Pine and Alder. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, but not as much as Cherry, Hickory or Walnut. Oak is a gutter wood that people buy because they can spell it. Once they walk into a real hardwood supplier, Oak is last on the list. I buy it cause I can get it for $2.00 per bf. But Hickory is one of my favoreites because of the grain and the dark streaks running through it. And 2 weeks ago I bought my first piece of White Ash. Don’t know what I’ll do with it, but it was purdy so I bought it.

Just finished gluing up the seat of my soon-to-be Cherry Heirloom Rocker. I’m excited.

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#12 posted 03-08-2007 06:19 AM

Where’s the picture Obi

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#13 posted 03-08-2007 07:15 AM

Oak comes and goes with me. (But I guess everything comes in cycles with me. Favorite foods, music, authors…)
I have a great mission desk – supposed to have come from Harvard, or so I’m told. and a antique bureau my grandfather refurbished when I was little, both in oak. Our bedroom set is cherry… we debated between the two several years back, and are still happy with the decision…. a few years prior I bought my wife- to-be a hopechest – I found the same design in both, but that time I settled on oak. Go figure.

For a while oak sort of became “out of style” for me, perhaps because I was seeing it everywhere, especially in the fake “you put it together” stuff you could find at WalMart and the like. Was also on all the plastic particleboard covered desks at the office (before all the old stuff left, making room for cubicle land!).

Now, I’m liking it again… after seeing Mark and Dusty’s work.

I still hate turning it though. Give me beech, lilac or maple for turning (haven’t tried anything exotic yet…)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#14 posted 03-08-2007 08:58 AM

I guess it depends on what’s available. I would love to be able to get some Oak at a reasonable price.

Todd, this is a beautiful bench. I do love the simple Shaker style. Oh, Cherry would be nice to get also.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#15 posted 03-08-2007 12:17 PM

Todd, it’s is good to have you with us. I liked how you worked with the customer an offered helpful hints. Beautiful piece.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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