|Project by DustyMark||posted 12-30-2012 02:25 PM||1886 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
Completed a pair of these benches in July 1998. This is a Thos. Moser Eastward Bench. Follow this link to see how I did at duplicating Moser’s design.
My parents came for a month-long visit while I was stationed in Germany. I was only able to take two weeks off while they were with us and Dad needed something to do while I was at work. He had just retired and started turning, so I put him to work! I made the first back spindle and asked him to make 51 more just like them. He did a great job!
This bench has a slight oriental style with its beveled edges. I cut all the bevels with a hand plane. That built my confidence at what you can acheive with a sharp blade.
Planing the bevels on the back rest was a challenge, but I established guide lines and planed to them.
Each leg has a laminated brace that is mortised into the leg. This provides strength and allows the legs to flex on an uneven floor.
Close-up of the bevel profile on the back.
The 1” seat tenons come all the way through the seat and are glued and wedged to hold them in place. The 4 degree wedge provides plenty of holding power and is run cross grain to prevent splitting the seat blank.
-- Mark, Minnesota