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Shaker Bench for Charity

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 06-09-2008 03:01 AM 4717 views 17 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Shaker style bench was made for a local Billings charity called the Eagle Mount Program. It’s mission is to provide recreational opportunities to physically and mentally handicapped individuals.

I had several parts and material left over from building the previous benches and this was a good way to finish using them. I was certain the popularity of the bench would help it bring in some good money at the fundraising dinner and auction. I am pleased to say that it garnered $1,550 in the silent auction, this is much more than I could have donated!

I had a great opportunity to play with the WoodRat on this project.

Cutting Dovetails with the WoodRat
I love the freedom of this joint making machine. My first dovetails turned out great.

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One of the things I like to do with all of my dovetail joints is to lock them with a pin from the top and the bottom.

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I like using a contrasting wood for the pin. It is a classic detail that insures the joint will never fail.

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It was a lot of fun standing back and watching the reaction of people. They would “OOH” and “AAH” as they ran their hands over it and explored the construction of the drawers. I printed a page showing that it was handmade with progress photos and the text described the materials and design of the bench. I also talked about why I support the Eagle Mount Program.

The real fun was watching the final bidders trying to get the piece as the auction came to a close. Here I get a chance to talk to the winning bidder.

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The bench is constructed of curly cherry and features the sapwood. Many craftsman shy away from using this beautiful and natural character of the wood. In this project I made it a feature.

The dovetailed drawers use a single board for a continuous run of grain from left to right.

The finish is Sherwin Williams pre-catalyzed lacquer T77-F37. It looks and wears great.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com





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#1 posted 06-09-2008 03:18 AM

Very nice item. Well worth the price it gained.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Chip

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#2 posted 06-09-2008 03:31 AM

Beautiful work as always. I’m curious about the pin on the back upright pieces. The ones on the back rail I get, but is the single one cosmetic to pull the piece together visually or is it functional? I’m probably missing something so please forgive my ignorance. I’ve yet to do a chair. As always, it’s wonderful to look at your craftsmanship.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 06-09-2008 03:35 AM

Very nice work, on the bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 06-09-2008 03:47 AM

Nice looking bench, Todd! The drawers are a great option.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 06-09-2008 03:57 AM

Chip,

The backrest has a piece behind it that creates a right angle and fits between the legs. This prevents the backrest from bowing due to lack of support. The pins run into the ends of that piece.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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teenagewoodworker

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#6 posted 06-09-2008 03:59 AM

nice project. i always love working with a new tool! sometimes i even plan my projects around a new tool, lol!

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#7 posted 06-09-2008 04:01 AM

Great job!

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#8 posted 06-09-2008 04:37 AM

Beautiful work Todd. I love this bench.

Time for a woodrat review.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#9 posted 06-09-2008 04:39 AM

Here is the short review: You gotta get one!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#10 posted 06-09-2008 04:59 AM

nice job…you must feel really good when your work is valued so highly…and helping people at the same time is even better!!

beautiful craftmanship!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 06-09-2008 05:27 AM

Todd great bench and congratulations on the sale of it.

I did notice that you were looking over the top of your glass as you cut the dovetails. The safety glass don’t work that way. I know I do it all the time myself.

I finally bought a pair of safety glasses and put my glasses on the shelf, to be picked up when I leave the shop.

Near sightedness causes that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 06-09-2008 05:31 AM

Karson,

You are right, I need some REAL safety glasses.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#13 posted 06-09-2008 05:49 AM

Truly a beautiful bench, one more great build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#14 posted 06-09-2008 08:36 AM

Todd -

Excellent! I always enjoy your work. Congratulations on a wonderful contribution to the Eagle Mount Program! Some one did well getting this bench. I would be interested to hear what you have to say about the WoodRat.

Best Regards,
David

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#15 posted 06-09-2008 09:15 AM

Ahh but you did donate $1,500 worth of skill. Great story, thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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