Bonsai Bench, no sanding Please Vote!

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Project by Byron posted 05-05-2013 03:03 PM 3951 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need your support! Please vote on This Bench will be featured this year at ICFF in the Furniture Society and Powermatic’s booth. The 12 students selected have been entered in a competition to win a bandsaw. So, if you like this piece or my work please support me by casting your vote! You can vote every 4 hours until May 20

White Oak, 2013

Bonsai Bench displays and draws inspiration from American Bonsai trees. Replacing the formal Japanese tokonoma with a display of tree and person as a composition. I did not sand any part of this, every surface has been finished by a high angle frog #3 Lie-Nielsen hand plane.

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-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#1 posted 05-05-2013 03:08 PM

very cool and a great job.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#2 posted 05-05-2013 03:39 PM

Very cool design,good luck in the contest.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-05-2013 03:40 PM

Well…. I wasn’t going to vote because it wanted me to register….

This piece is utterly beautiful. As are all of the other projects you shared with us.

I like to give credit where it is due, and it is certainly due here. A fellow comes and asks for the tiniest gesture of support, and considering the level of creativity and talent evidenced by each of your projects, it is definitely deserved.

Upon reconsideration, I’m going back to register and vote. I’ll be returning to vote again.

A worthy effort.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 05-05-2013 03:41 PM

Thank you all so much! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your kind words and support.

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 03:57 PM

Cool design and looks sturdy too

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 06:03 PM

Great looking tree!

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#8 posted 05-05-2013 07:00 PM

very cool

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#9 posted 05-06-2013 12:37 AM

Beautifully designed and well built!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 05-06-2013 03:56 AM


First let me say that the cascade style cedar is a fine bonsai but I am more of a fan of the informal upright maple. I used to be obsessed with Bonsai.

Your bench is friggin awesome. Did you use a domino for the joinery?

Edit: voted

-- I love Jeeps

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#11 posted 05-06-2013 04:10 AM

Very nicely done—best wishes in your contest!

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

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#12 posted 05-06-2013 01:20 PM

Thanks everyone! Lysdexic, I did not use a domino I used a multi-router. I do not feel a domino is accurate enough. Thank you everyone who voted!

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#13 posted 05-06-2013 02:51 PM

Hi Byron. Done.

BTW youre ahead by far. Great work. Besides I only understood two projects: yours and the demilune table, which looks great also.

The best for the contest.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#14 posted 05-06-2013 04:37 PM

Byron, I see that you are well ahead on the votes.

RE domino: what do you mean. I have one and new to its use. What should I lookin out for?

-- I love Jeeps

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#15 posted 05-07-2013 01:54 AM

Never heard of a Bonsai bench until now. And your’s is great! Keep up the good work!

-- Dean

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