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The American Craftsman WorkShop #7: Design Thoughts on a Shaker Inspired Bench

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 1812 days ago 3017 reads 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A New Video!
I am excited to get out another video. They take a lot of time to create and, thankfully, I have been busy this summer with my business but it hampers my ability to make videos!

I am advancing in my skills and you will notice that I added photos documentary-style in this video (I love the Ken Burns effect.)

Some Thoughts on Design and Construction

The most difficult part of making furniture is creating the design. I share some of the thought process for creating my Shaker inspired bench.

I also share a little about the construction of this beautiful piece of furniture. Some woodworkers may wonder what joinery is acceptable or taboo in their project, it will surprise many woodworkers what type of joinery I used in this bench.

There is some construction technique covered here, but it is not as much of a “how to” video, as it is a video that shares some of the principles that I considered when creating this bench.

I hope that the thoughts and techniques shared in this video will help other woodworkers with the design and construction of their projects.

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 1812 days ago

Haven’t watched the vid yet but I love that bench. If I ever finish my sideboard I think this could be a perfect next project (I have just the spot for one..)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 1812 days ago

Great post and video…THANKS!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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lew

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#3 posted 1812 days ago

Thanks for making us think about how we can continue to improve.

Attention to detail will never lead you astray.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 1812 days ago

Thanks Todd. I enjoyed the video, you touched on some very good points to consider when designing and it really shows in this bench. Great result!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 1812 days ago

Nice show Todd :-)) I watched it 2x. You’re fast becoming favored above Norm! Thanks for showing what nobody else thinks about.

did you use slots to allow for expansion of the seat?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 1812 days ago

Topamax – Good Question! Slots were not needed because all of the grain runs the same direction in the bench and everything will move at the same rate.

I realized while editing that there was so much more to share, but that just means I will have to make another video!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 1812 days ago

That is a design element I didn’t catch. Guess I’l have to watch a 3rd time :-)) thx

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 1812 days ago

Very well done … beautiful piece and presentation

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 1812 days ago

Thanks Todd…design is ofter more challenging than the build and information about design is a little more elusive. Keep up the good work.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#10 posted 1812 days ago

Really well presented you have a gift for this.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 1812 days ago

Topamax – Take a look at this glue-up in action. You can see the drawer dividers and their grain orientation. The reason I do this is because I do not want end grain showing between the drawers.

Clamping Drawer Box

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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woodnut

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#12 posted 1812 days ago

Todd, I agree 100% on the details and finishing every pieces that goes into the project, even if it will usually not be seen, but I have to admit that when a project is taking alittle to long or I want to move on to something else I have in my head, that is when I have my toughest time with this. I have to take it down a few gears and slow down and remember why I am doing this. I think my work is slowly improving and it is mostly because I’m learning to be a little more patient. Thanks for the video and the bench is great.

-- F.Little

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#13 posted 1812 days ago

Thanks Todd! I really liked the construction info and the drawers are really cool. I feel good learning from your videos.

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#14 posted 1811 days ago

Great video, Todd. It was a great reminder to pay extra attention to the details you might not think people would notice. Those details are what set the true craftsman apart form the mass production.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#15 posted 1811 days ago

Remarkably well done. It’s good to see this type of instruction along with assembly videos. The design is important and often short-changed. When are you going to get your TV show?

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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