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Project by iminmyshop posted 11-29-2013 04:06 PM 1046 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For many years I have done woodworking of the self taught nature. Finally, I have had the opportunity to take real classes from really good teachers. I enrolled in the 12 week furniture intensive class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. The first 2 weeks are spent learning how to use hand tools and this was our first project. We had to design and make something that had through dovetails and through tenons with wedges, all done by hand. A bench of the school’s design or of our own was suggested. This was of my design for a friend who wanted a place to put on and store their shoes in the winter. The sides are of Maple and the seat and stretchers are Cherry.

The first attempt at dovetails were pathetic. I still have a ways to go but they are getting better with practice.

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#1 posted 11-29-2013 04:52 PM

Always good to be learning. Looks like a great bench.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-29-2013 05:27 PM

Looks like a good project ,learning is always fun no matter how long you’ve been woodworking.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 11-29-2013 06:34 PM

Wow, those are some awesome dovetails! Wish I could get mine that precise!

-- -Tim

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#4 posted 11-30-2013 04:39 PM

Excellent technique and use of some subtle but soothing accents. Very excellent piece.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#5 posted 12-08-2013 05:42 AM

congrats – awesome work!!!

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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