Simple Red Maple Bench

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Project by Jarred posted 11-01-2012 12:10 AM 1019 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My most recent project is a red maple bench. My wife wanted a short bench that the kids could sit on and remove shoes, boots, etc. It is situated in our breakfast nook near the maple bar that I posted previously, and fits in well with the bar and butcher block countertops. I had different ideas on how to style the bench, but my wife sketched this design and I really liked it. Unfortunately for her she will likely be asked to be involved in the design process of future pieces now!

Initially I had a more minimalist design, but found the product somewhat unstable (at least for my destructo-children), so I added some visible and some hidden supports. The overall dimensions are 36” long x 14” deep x 18” high. It is finished with pure tung oil.

Thanks for looking!

-- No reserve. No retreat. No regrets.

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#1 posted 11-01-2012 02:38 AM

Good job, would love to see the underside of it, or a description of what additional structural support is there to prevent wracking.

Also, the edges and corners appear to have been machined very precisely but are also very sharp, I’d be concerned about kids falling, etc. (or more likely, I’d bang my shin on it!)

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#2 posted 11-01-2012 09:19 PM

I like it! Something raw and fresh …

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#3 posted 11-01-2012 09:58 PM

Thanks for the comments. I’ll grab a couple of pictures of the underside when I have the chance. As for the sharp edges, the danger is reduced by a couple of things:

1) The breakfast nook is very small and angles of approach to the bench are limited. Crashing into it would most likely be a glancing blow and not head-on.

2) The bench is very light and is likely to give rather than to remain immobile and cause serious injury

Always a concern though.


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