Shaker Inspired Entry Bench

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Project by JeanValjean posted 11-03-2013 10:17 PM 1927 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first Christmas Gift of the season is complete!!

This Shaker inspired entry bench is my interpretation of some of the other Shaker style benches seen on this site.

This version has of course the dovetailed drawer that measures 15” square and is nearly 12 inches deep and is made of hickory and rides on self closing drawer slides
There will be wicker baskets on each side of the drawer for shoes etc.

The remainder of the bench is made in solid cherry.

The finish is a wiped on coat of amber shellac followed by a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and followed by several coats of pre-catalyzed satin lacquer.

-- Semper Fi

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#1 posted 11-03-2013 10:39 PM

Well you certainly have a truly original piece ,very nice work.

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 12:33 AM

very nice bench

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 01:50 AM

i love it, wonderful

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 03:31 AM

Unique design, very nicely done.

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

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 06:45 PM

you have build a very beautiful bench and well designed ,do you mind if i borrow it :)

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 07:29 PM

Stellar job on the bench, for sure…...Beautiful job on the build…...and finish…. although one thing: The Shakers would have never used ball-breaing slides, if you were building it to represent the true style of the Shakers….... But of course, they didn’t have those back then…..!!!!! Still, a beautiful piece…....

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#7 posted 11-04-2013 09:48 PM

A very unique design! Well done. That’s a huge amount of labor.

-- "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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#8 posted 11-06-2013 03:57 AM

@Rick your message made me laugh!!
I suppose back in the “Shaker” era (late 1700’s….) they didn’t have a Rockler store down the road where they could buy neat ball bearing slides or maybe they would have!!!
Nevertheless I called it ” Shaker INSPIRED” which allows me to take certain liberties as opposed to “Shaker REPLICA”!!!
But thank you so much for the laugh and the nice comment and I am glad all of you like it!!
I had a lot of fun making it and I will have even more fun giving it away as a Christmas gift!!!

-- Semper Fi

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