Timber framed bench

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Project by TheBrokeYoke posted 03-17-2014 07:56 PM 2560 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I learned to timber frame a few years ago when I was part of a crew that built a Memorial Chime Tower at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. I was able to rescue some scraps of beautiful larch timber, and made this bench for my kids. Its a beast, but it mimics some of the lines of the tower, and has no fasteners other than wooden pegs.

-- Greg, from the Broke Yoke workshop

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#1 posted 03-17-2014 08:30 PM

Really nice. Could’t be more solid if it was a giant stump. That could last a lifetime. The catch will be when the kids outgrow it, will you keep it as a sawbench for yourself, or set it aside for your kids to give to their kids? :) It will last forever either way.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 03-17-2014 10:31 PM

I’d sure like to have a sketchup drawing of this.

How tall is it?

How wide is it?

How long is it?

How thick is the seat?

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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DeLayne Peck

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 02:28 AM

Gorgeous work. That will be passed down for generations.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 03:23 AM

Really cool !
And welcome to Lumberjocks !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 03:33 AM

Nice solid piece of work! I am sure it will be fought over later on in life. Better start on more one for each kid.
I don’t see a finish are you going to finish it?

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 03:49 AM

Wow, that looks like it could sub for an anvil.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 09:19 PM

Beefy little bench with nice design work.


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#8 posted 03-20-2014 08:10 AM

Looks a little wobbly… ;^p
Joking aside, Great looking, sturdy workhorse. Got plans or measurements? I would love to recreate this.

-- Greetz from Germany, Charles - Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool!! {borrowed from BRKH;)}

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