Design Thoughts on a Shaker Inspired Bench Video Re-edit

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 1745 days ago 1331 reads 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not attempting to milk this out, but I was very unsatisfied with my edit job on the first release so I worked it over again.

This version is actually 9 seconds shorter but I have added a handful of still images for close-ups to show more detail. This gives added value to the video as it provides greater visual information.

This video is not about the how-to for constructing the bench. It really is about the design and thought process for creating it. I cover many of the design elements and things that I had to consider for practical construction.

Most often there is much shared on the how-to but not enough concerning the design and thought process for creating a project. There are principles shared in this video that can be applied to the design and construction of other types of furniture.

I hope that the information will help others in designing their furniture project.

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 1745 days ago

Well done Todd

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#2 posted 1745 days ago

Thanks, Todd. This is another excellent video. You certainly gave me some ideas to think about when working on the next project design. I would have missed some of the subtle details on the bench than you mentioned in the video. In some of my own projects opportunities for adding details like this have eluded me simply because I did not see the relative importance of varying things such as the degree of offsets to emphasize an element of the construction.

I enjoyed this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 1745 days ago

Talking with another woodworker about how to make our videos better prompted me to rework this video. I was never quite happy with the first result.

My editing skills have become better and so I was able to give this video a tune-up.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 1745 days ago

Todd you video is very good. You gave good information with insights and clarity. You really do need to have your own TV show.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 1744 days ago

I like the way that you explain things so that even I know what you’re talking about , Todd !!! LOL : )

As I was watching this video , I couldn’t help thinking that your bench design would make a great sofa table (minus the backrest, of course) by just altering a few dimensions. The lumber that you chose for this project really sets it apart and emphasizes that you are a true Craftsman : ) I also enjoyed seeing your four drawer model : ) Thank you once again for sharing your expert advise with us … : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 1744 days ago

I’ve said it before and I say it again, you’re a natural. Well presented information.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 1744 days ago

beautiful design….beautiful work….

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#8 posted 1744 days ago

Great work, thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 1743 days ago

Todd, thanks for the video, We should constantly remind ourselves to strive to improve. Though I may never reach your level I try to improve on each project. Thanks again

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#10 posted 1743 days ago

Todd , in case you haven’t heard yet ….Norm has stepped down and now is your chance !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 1743 days ago

Todd, as always, great job…thanks for all your hard work… keep it up

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 1743 days ago

Thanks Todd, great video and good information on design. I like your thinking on finishing all parts of a project, including the backs and bottoms. Thanks again.

-- Guy Kroll

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#13 posted 1742 days ago

That is sweet looking! Great thought on the inside of the drawers cause YES most women especially will check the inside of the drawers! What type of wood did you use?

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#14 posted 1742 days ago

The bench is made of curly cherry.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#15 posted 1742 days ago

Todd some great tips. The design goes in before the project begins. And it’s not complete until its truly finished.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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