Saposhima-style bench

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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-18-2013 03:39 PM 1921 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you’re now smiling, this project has been a success.

Anyway – when I went down to the shop that fateful morning, trust me, this was not what I had in mind.
But it had occurred to me a while ago to make a little bench for these guys, recently inherited from my wife’s mother. And when, a long time ago, I’d sliced up an olive branch (see Second Wind), I hadn’t thrown away the “chaff” I was left with.

Not promising, but, just as I haven’t thrown away an email since 1985, I haven’t thrown away any wood.
I mean any.

And, with a flash of inspiration, and a dash of hi ho silver…

I spent a while thinking (stone in hand) and, whilst I’m not a fan of Nakashima, it seemed too obvious a thing not to just go for, so I did.
I had not intended to do the bowtie dovetail thing, but there actually was a split in the wood that needed fixing – and that joint is real! 2 strips of 0.6mm veneer.

And, in case you’re wondering – sapo is the portuguese word for toad. The portuguese for frog is rã, which is kinda hard to pronounce, and just didn’t work for my purposes – so sue me!

22cm x 9cm x 7cm high.
Olive and mahogany and bamboo barbecue sticks stained ebony and beech legs stained ebony.
Tung oil (what else could I have used on this?)

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 03:55 PM

YES! You got me smiling!


Cute lil frogs…

Nice work!


Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 05:03 PM

so cute

-- Gintaras,

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 05:54 PM

GREAT work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 07:05 PM

Got me smiling also.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 07:06 PM

Another smiling viewer. Nice “little” bench.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 07:44 PM

Loved watching your craft. A lot of ideas are flowing! This is unique and very attractive! Amazing wood! You totally nailed it.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 09:34 PM

Love it!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 10:22 PM

I love it ,the coolest live edge project I have seen .

-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 01:01 AM

Definitely had me fooled—I thought it was a full-sized bench!

Whatever size, it’s a great looking bench, and the frogs look right at home on it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#10 posted 09-19-2013 02:19 AM

Awesome! Impressive detail for the size.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 09-19-2013 07:03 AM

Great job! put a smile on my face and real impressive detail on such a small piece

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#12 posted 09-20-2013 12:14 AM

Oh yea, smilin it is. Way kool.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 09-22-2013 02:08 PM

Whoa. Nice

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#14 posted 09-23-2013 06:54 AM

Very nice attention to detail and scale. Very impressed with your talents for miniatures.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#15 posted 09-23-2013 02:47 PM

Fantastic little bench! Cool design and build, a fitting bench for the adorable frogs. Great job!

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