“Gathering Bench”

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“Gathering Bench”

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.

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#1 posted 535 days ago

A new concept to me as well, but when you explained it, it makes perfect sense and seems extremely useful.

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#2 posted 535 days ago

Nice bench. I’m like you , never heard of this before.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#3 posted 535 days ago

This is nice. I’ve seen old stools made like this but it is too long to be a stool. However, it’s too short to be a bench. It’s unusual. It could be a nice plant stand for potted plants that sits at the base of a full window.

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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#4 posted 535 days ago

Suits my eye too Eric, but then I’m another old boat builder.
Looks like it will fill the bill very well.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 535 days ago

Interesting piece, well crafted and great story behind it. Thanks.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 535 days ago

MMMMMM, I haven’t heard of one, but it seems like a neat idea. Just one problem, where does the dog sit?

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 534 days ago

Very nice!! Like the design, well done.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 534 days ago

nice looking bench

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#9 posted 534 days ago

Came out great, I wouldnt mind having one of those under my table.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 532 days ago

Learned something new today and I think it’s a a great addition to high dining tables. It looks good and really sturdy. Like it very much thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 176 days ago

Nice solid bench, I like the through tenons with the wedges, gives a rustic touch.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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