Oak dining bench

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Project by JemFox posted 08-12-2013 at 10:27 PM 889 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project came about because my customer was using an old slatted bench in her kitchen to sit and read next to the log burner. She wanted something that would fit with the smart-rustic feel of her holiday cottage on the isle of Raasay (off the west coast of Scotland).

I love it when a customer says “please use timber with as much grain and colour as possible” – it gives me an excuse to spend some time picking through the timber racks at the local woodyard. I found another nice plank from the same stock as I’d used for another similar style bench I made last year – I couldn’t believe my luck that no-one else had picked it up!

I used draw bored mortise and tenon joints on the end trestles just for the traditional look, and single wedged through tenons for the stretcher.


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#1 posted 08-12-2013 at 10:59 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 08-12-2013 at 11:06 PM

Excellent, how long is it?

-- Vince

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 at 02:01 AM

Well done.

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

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#4 posted 08-13-2013 at 07:04 AM

Hey, thanks for the comments guys.
Vince – not sure if you’re metric or imperial but it’s 1.5m long, 0.45m wide and 0.4m high. The seat is about 35mm thick.


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#5 posted 08-13-2013 at 08:44 PM

You made a fine job of that bench.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 at 05:46 AM

looks very nice and sturdy, great job.

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#7 posted 08-14-2013 at 10:56 AM

Looks good!

-- Alvarez

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#8 posted 08-15-2013 at 09:59 AM

That’s one good looking and long bench! Like the great joints and wood choice, has rustic charm.

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