|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 282 days ago||789 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
My wife asked me to build her a ‘gathering bench’ a little while back. What, you never heard of a ‘gathering bench’ you say?
Me neither! But, my wife assured me this used to be a common item and was called by this term. It must have been a long time ago because I couldn’t even find anything online about them. She gave me the approximate dimensions of what she needed and this is the result.
According to my wife this is an old fashioned sort of item large families had to prop their feet on under their table in the old days. This was apparently to keep from kicking each other and goes under the center of the dining table. Since we have an unusually high dining table and chairs suite, this is actually quite handy, especially for kids who’s legs are too short for their feet to reach the floor on our chairs.
I made this of oak with old style pegged ends, and it was simple and fun to build. The pictures tell the story I think. Since I am an old-style boat builder, I never build anything with hard edges, and almost always round everything off. To my eye, it just seems better looking.
-- ''Woodworking has always been the best therapy for me!''