Contemplation Bench - Wood Whisperer Guild Build

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Project by SouthpawCA posted 03-25-2014 12:55 AM 2735 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting a project to practice using an angle grinder. I didn’t want to start with a Sam Maloof chair right away. Along came Wood Whisperer – Marc Spagnuolo and his guild projects. The Contemplation Bench was perfect for what I wanted. The Wood Whisperer videos and live chats are excellent as were the supplied templates and other information.

This project also allowed me to add to my hand tool collection. I purchased a 4 ½” angle grinder along with 3 Holey Galahad grinding disks. These disks do produce a large amount of dust which Marc also warned about. However I was able to direct the grinding dust so clean-up was fairly easy. I also wore my Dus-T tee shirt that my wife got me for Christmas. The tee shirt worked excellent for keeping any dust out of my lungs.

I was also able to get a set off Auriou rasps. Initially I tried to final shape with the rasps I had, but immediately stopped when I started to grind deep ridges into the wood. After a few emails explaining what I wanted to do with Deneb from Lie-Nielson I decided to get the 12” 6 grain Cabinet Makers rasp, the 9” 10 grain Cabinet Makers rasp, the 7” 13 grain Modeller’s rasp, and the ⅜” 12 grain Curved Ironing rasp. It’s amazing how easy and cleanly these rasps remove wood. I see more of these rasps in my future.

This bench is made from White Oak because it will sit outside. I finished it with Hemp Shield clear outdoor oil. Hemp Shield has become my go-to finish for my outdoor projects. Hemp Shield customer service has been awesome answering my questions.

-- Don

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 01:11 AM

Very nice lil Practice project… Looks COOL!

I shoulda done something like that before starting on my two Maloof Dining chairs…

Curious… How did you connect the legs to the top?

Thank you.

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

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 01:13 AM

Looks great, nice work.

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 01:35 AM


-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 02:16 AM

Great design, looks very sitable

-- Norman

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 06:45 AM

Very nice!

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 10:45 AM

Looks great, kind of oriental

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 03-25-2014 11:08 AM

Well done, What a great job…. New tools to boot thats always a good thing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 03-25-2014 11:18 AM

Very nice looking bench it came out looking great. Marc is a great teacher, his video’s are excellent…
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 03-25-2014 04:52 PM

Nice looking bench, must have been a lot of grinding. Legs look like they are attached with mitered open tenons.


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#10 posted 03-25-2014 10:09 PM

Wow wow wow! Beautiful piece of art….

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#11 posted 03-26-2014 02:11 PM

really nice piece and great pics

-- Greg Simon

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#12 posted 03-26-2014 02:16 PM

Beautiful piece of work. I love the design. Thanks for the inspiration and the link on how to make it.

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#13 posted 03-26-2014 05:50 PM

Verry nice! As good as original. Amaizing woodskill.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 03-26-2014 06:31 PM

Very nice looking bench! Now you’ll have to contemplate a cold one on it!

-- Dean

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