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Project by moshel posted 584 days ago 1155 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was actually a prototype i made for a sofa. its supposed to have a futon on it. however, i got the angles wrong (cut 42 degrees instead of 47, etc) so had to recut and the seat was too short for the tests with the futon.

so i made it into a nice bench. the joints are held together with biscuits and glue and i did my best to break it to no avail.

the glue is interior (cross linked) as i expected it to be sofa so i expect it to give up some day and break.

frame is DF, slats cedar finished with shellac and yacht varnish (one coat – i was lazy and i needed the space in the garage).

it is very comfortable.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 584 days ago

very cool design,great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DocSavage45

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#2 posted 583 days ago

LOL! It works! Funny how some things just happen? Nice piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Woodwrecker

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#3 posted 583 days ago

An unexpected, nice bench !
Now you have a comfortable seat to get some sun my fiend !

-- Having fun...Eric

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Fishinbo

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#4 posted 583 days ago

Cool bench! Looks modern and design is interesting.

—www.sawblade.com

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matai

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#5 posted 583 days ago

Without knowing there are biscuits in there I’d be frightened to sit on it, thinking that there are only endgrain glued surfaces holding it together. Shows the strength of biscuits and adds interest to the look.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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moshel

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#6 posted 583 days ago

technically it would be much better to have splines and maybe a beefy dowel going through. however, one of the reasons you make a prototype is to find out that you just can’t spline the joint between the back and the seat after everything is glued :-)

maybe with handtools but you need a really steady hand to cut splines in DF with a handsaw

for the next prototype i’ll cut the splines before gluing the lower beam.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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whitebeast88

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#7 posted 583 days ago

great looking bench

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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jim C

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#8 posted 583 days ago

Anytime you are working with angles around the 45 degree area, you need to check the base you are working from.
In my machining days, a number of pieces of steel went to the scrap bin. HA! Double and triple check.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 583 days ago

Turned into a very cool piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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