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Project by David Bareford posted 142 days ago 1331 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bench as a “practice run” for the matching dining table project I’ve been gearing up to do. It’s made from red oak salvaged from ship’s “dunnage,” or the rough, non-squared beams they use to separate cargo containers and other materials. The third picture shows an example one of the beams in its raw state before I starting working it. I work strictly with hand tools, and luckily I wasn’t on a time deadline…

The joinery is mostly drawbored mortise and tenon with floating panels for the benchtop. The surfaces were smoothed but intentionally left with the character born of the wood’s history. The pictures show the bench first in its dry-fit state, and then after glue-up and finishing. It was finished with Minwax Red Oak stain and seven coats of Wipe-On Poly. (By the way, the white area in the final picture is a reflection from my flash, and not something in the finish itself.)

The bench also opens up to reveal a shallow storage area (much like a piano bench). Since this bench is for our dining table, i thought it would be convenient to have a nearby place to store placemats, tablecloths, and other table accessories.





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MisterBill

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#1 posted 142 days ago

That bench looks like it must weigh a ton! I like the through tenon on the bottom. Quite a transformation from the rough material to the finished product. Nice job!!

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David Bareford

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#2 posted 142 days ago

Let’s just say it’ll take more than a stiff breeze to blow it away…

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, the top weighs more than the entire lower frame! Delicate, graceful furniture is not my forte at present.

Thanks for the view!

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R_Stad

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#3 posted 142 days ago

Nice job David. Came out great. Hand tools make it that much more impressive. Like your sawhorse and shaving bench. Keep up the good work.

-- Rod - Oregon

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moerdogg

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#4 posted 141 days ago

Looks great! Much as I love hand tools for finishing work, I can’t imagine making the whole thing that way. Great demonstration of the craft.

-- A poor workman blames his tools

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Rick

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#5 posted 140 days ago

Very Nice Indeed! Love The Design!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Fishinbo

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#6 posted 135 days ago

That’s beautiful and solid. Like the design especially the awesome joints and additional storage. Great job!

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