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Project by thezenker posted 460 days ago 1747 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a really fun first project, I found this in Fine Woodworking’s Basic Skills special issue and thought it looked like something I could actually, maybe, finish and not have it fall apart. A deceptive little project, there is quite a bit of joinery going on here, for a noob anyway.

The bench is made of white pine, an old 1×12 board that had been in my basement since some shelving project years back. The parts were cut to size on my table saw. After that is was all hand tools. Definitely need more practice planing boards straight and cutting dadoes by hand with a chisel. The through tenons are wedged with some spare bits of cherry I bummed off my father-in-law. The finish is just two coats of General Finishes Outdoor Oil. I was going for rustic, or at least figured that is what would come out the other end anyway. ;-)

So, it took me a month of Sunday’s, but it was the most fun I’ve had using tools in a long time.

-- Andreas, New York State





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josh

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#1 posted 460 days ago

Well, it looks good! How is that outdoor oil? Does it dry to a hard finish?

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 460 days ago

Looking good, should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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docspencer

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#3 posted 460 days ago

First project you say? Very nice – I like the design and execution! Keep up the good work.

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 460 days ago

Welcome to LJs. This first project came out very well, the joinery looks nice and tight. Enjoy your newfound skills.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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jaykaypur

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#5 posted 460 days ago

A beautiful design and you did a great job on the joinery. I like this a LOT !

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Mark

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#6 posted 460 days ago

Well done zenker. Very cool.

-- Mark

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 460 days ago

Andreas looks good especially for he first project
Look forward to your future projects
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Douglas

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#8 posted 460 days ago

I read that article introducing this piece, and it looks like fun. It’s definitely a good one to get some practice on joinery. You did a good job, be proud!

-- Douglas in Chicago - http://dcwwoodworks.com

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AngieO

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#9 posted 460 days ago

Looks great. I don’t know that I could have tried those joints on my first project.
Wait… I still haven’t tried those joints… Lol!
Look forward to seeking more projects

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KelvinGrove

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#10 posted 460 days ago

Looks great. I have that book and need to do this stool but have too many projects backed up to get to it.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. Don't cry because it's over, smile....because for 7 glorious miles, everyone thought you were the real bus driver!

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 460 days ago

This looks like a nice piece to test your practical joinery skills. You did a fine job. Welcome to LJs.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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thezenker

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#12 posted 460 days ago

thanks for the nice comments.
thejosh: the Outdoor Oil is completely penetrating, doesn’t leave a film. So will not protect too much, but this stool will be on a covered porch in the warmer months, so it should weather ok. I have used the oil on a teak bench we purchased. We put a coat on in the spring and in the fall and so far it is weathering nicely. Of course: white pine is not teak, maybe next time.

-- Andreas, New York State

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Michael Donnelly

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#13 posted 460 days ago

Nice work. Looks attractive and solid. I love the bullseye look of the grain at the edge of the top.

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Sergio

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#14 posted 460 days ago

I like the design, and you did a good start…

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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Willdoc

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#15 posted 460 days ago

You’ve clearly got the ability. Strong work.

-- I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them ** Thomas Jefferson

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