Two Rail Bench

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 102 days ago 1746 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my two rail bench, so-named because it has only two long rails instead of the typical 3 or 4 rail configuration. One side of the bench looks light and airy, with minimal visible support. Flip the bench to face the other way and it shows its craftsman nature with cleats passing through the long rail, reminiscent of bungalow rafters. The seats are made from 8/4 white oak planks, with quartersawn figure and plenty of character. The planks are held together with cleats and walnut butterfly inlays. The cleats feature fixed holes near the butterfly inlays, and slotted holes at the outer ends, to allow for wood movement, yet prevent damage to the inlays.
Through tenons and walnut pegs add a finishing touch.

Finish is to be Howard’s Butcher block conditioner for a natural look.


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 101 days ago

Really nice work on these, the little things added like the butterfly joints show off your skills, but are not overpowering.

Its almost a shame to put these outside! Not sure where you’re located but here in PA (with how much rain we get) they would last through the spring

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 101 days ago

A couple of very nice benches Willie I like the butterfly joints…excellent job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 101 days ago

Nice work.

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#4 posted 101 days ago

Nice details too. But I love the massive look.


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#5 posted 101 days ago

Great looking and with your usual high class craftsmanship Willie. The butterflies are a nice touch to a very nice design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 101 days ago

Beautiful. It reminds me of the Barnsley table that I am about to start. As stated above, a nice mix of massiveness and details.
I was in England and saw a curved bench that was similar. If you are interested I can pass it on.

-- Stevo

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#7 posted 101 days ago

Nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 101 days ago

BRAVO !!! Love the mix of simple masses with complex joinery. Very Japanese.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 101 days ago

Great mass, heavy, clean lines, well done.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#10 posted 101 days ago

I would like to see the bench from England, and the Barnsley table too.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 101 days ago

Very nice. Joinery details are perfect!

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#12 posted 101 days ago

STURDY is the word that comes to mind! Will these be outside year round? Qak is a good choice, and you compensated for expansion and contraction. I might not have thought about that. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 101 days ago

Willie your work is, as usual, beautiful and flawless. Thanks for sharing this.

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#14 posted 101 days ago

Looks great. Like the balance between bulky wood and small details

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#15 posted 101 days ago

Back again with a question, Willie. I know that white oak is a good exterior wood, but what about walnut? I live in a forest of black walnut, I’ve got a bazillion board feet ready to go, and I’d like to try something “outdoorsy” if you think it will survive.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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