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Project by jackmoony posted 10-31-2012 07:29 AM 1827 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest project. It’s a 4ft long bench for my bedroom to sit in front of the bed. I designed it in Sketchup and built it from Alder and Walnut. It is finished it with Tried and True varnish, minwax “wipe on poly” and then buffed it all out with clear paste wax.

I’d heard that alder is used as a substitute for cherry—that the woods have similar grain patterns. But…alder is less expensive. So one of the goals of this project was to get acquainted with Alder. I picked some good pieces. I’m not sure how well it shows in the pictures, but the top really pops. Actually, the whole bench turned out great. I will use it again.

Sketchup really helped in this project. In addition to its design capabilities, I now print my designs to scale to make all my patterns. After printing them out, I attach the drawings to some scrap with 3m spray-on adhesive, and then make the cuts —and viola! Perfect patterns ;)

Thanks for looking!!

For those of you interested here is the sketchup link…
http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=30b5b4d512817fe94dd78c9ddb65a22f

-- Chris





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#1 posted 10-31-2012 10:27 AM

Great design and wonderful outcome : )

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 12:45 PM

Very nice job!
Would you share the sketchup plans?

thanks

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 01:19 PM

Attractive look – very nicely done!

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 02:06 PM

One of the best design bench I’ve seen in quite some time, this one should stand the test of time for sure, great work…BC

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 06:38 PM

Should say I liked your design, also well executed.

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 07:18 PM

Very nice, awesome cloud lift you made on the stretcher.

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 11:43 PM

Beautiful bench! You’ll get a lot of enjoymnent out of it!

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 01:28 AM

That is a great design with a lot of cool features. I like the way you wedged the tenons. I don’t see much alder being used but yours turned out beautifully.

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 04:55 AM

very nice..

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 08:09 AM

Hey everyone! Thanks for all of your nice comments.
For those of you interested, I added links for the sketchup plans in my “story” above.

-- Chris

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 05:44 PM

I’d agree with those above about the great design. I also like the horizontally-wedged tenons. Did you glue them in-place? I’m thinking they may have a tendency to work themselves loose if they’re not glued? I like how they complement the cloud lift of the stretcher, continuing the design, as a double-cloud lift.

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#12 posted 12-03-2012 01:26 AM

Very cool bench! I really need to upgrade our existing benches that were made in pine. Yours looks so much nicer! Well done!

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#13 posted 01-17-2013 08:13 AM

@Jonathan—I haven’t glued the tenons in yet, but yes—they do need to be anchored. Side to side movement tends to loosen the wedged tenons.

-- Chris

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 03:08 PM

Chris,

Thanks for answering my question here, regarding gluing the tenons.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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