Shaker Style Bench in Cherry

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Project by jackmoony posted 01-17-2013 11:07 PM 4272 views 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The “plan” was to finish this bench at Christmas along with all the other stuff, but time ran out. I just finished this yesterday. I can now proudly announce now that I am done with all my Christmas gifts. ;)

This is a 4.5” shaker style bench made in cherry. It is finished with waterlox original, a few coats of wipe-on poly and then buffed-out with a coat of paste wax.

The highlights are that I cut through-tenons in the legs and left them a bit long so they protrude through the top by an 1/8th inch. The bottom stretcher has keys holding the tusked-tenons in place.

To strengthen the bench and prevent any side to side lateral movement, the legs are attached to the rails with a small block glued at each rail. I used pocket holes to attach each block to the leg, and then the block to the top.

This is my second go around with this design. If you’d like to see it in walnut or get links to the sketchup plan click here.

Thanks for looking!

-- Chris

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 11:26 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 11:36 PM

That’s a beautiful bench. Whoever is receiving it, I hope they appreciate it because it was worth the wait.

-- Becky, Wisconsin I love belonging to splinter groups

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 11:51 PM

I don’t know which I like better , that gorgeous Cherry or the beautiful finish that you applied to it !
Got to love Waterlox Original : )
Direct to my favorites .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 12:01 AM

VERY nice bench ,a clean and beautiful build.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 12:51 AM

I really Like this style. Good job!

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 01:21 AM

Very nice bench and beautiful wood. I love your joinery choices.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 01-18-2013 04:01 AM

Thats one good looking bench.

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 09:48 AM

My wife just said: Oooh, I want one.
I’m looking forward to meeting her demands. Great job.

-- russ from texas - garage shop weekend warrior

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 12:07 PM

This is a very nice bench and the wood is beautiful. I love the shaker style and you have definitely captured it. Very nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 02:03 PM

Great job!! Very nice.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#11 posted 01-18-2013 06:00 PM

Wonderful looking bench.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#12 posted 01-18-2013 07:03 PM

Great style and execution!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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#13 posted 01-18-2013 07:05 PM

Well done this would sit proudly in any nice home I like it a lot. Alistair

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#14 posted 01-18-2013 08:11 PM

Love it. Good job, good looking bench and very good work!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 09:22 PM


-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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