Shaker Bench for Charity 2011 #1: Neck Deep in Woodworking...

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-03-2011 06:57 PM 5853 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shop Update-
Fellow LJ member Brian Havens flew out from his home in California Tuesday night to help me build a Shaker Bench for Charity. I think he may have questioned this decision as he arrived here in Billings at 11pm and the temperature was -3°. SNAP!

Immediately upon arriving to my place we went straight into the shop. The next couple of hours were spent talking about our shops and the differences. It was only after our voices were getting hoarse and eyes blurry from fatigue did we decide to go in the house and bag it for the night.

A Great Exchange of Ideas
The first day went well. I have a stockpile of black walnut in the shop that I had brought back from working in Ohio. The wood is acclimated and needs to be used up so I think it will be great for use in this Shaker Bench for Charity.

During the whole construction process we have been discussing everything from choosing the material, material interpretation, parts layout, and woodworking technique. Brian has not built a Shaker Bench before but he is an accomplished woodworker in his own right as you can see in his projects. I would say that the exchange was definitely a two way street.

In the afternoon I got a call from Andy, a metal sculptor and friend of mine. He wanted some input on a table base design he was working on. This was a perfect opportunity for Brian to meet another artist that influences me and exercise some design thought in another medium. His shop is conveniently located down a couple of blocks from mine so we took a break from our project and went to visit.

By the end of the day Brian and I had all the panels that required gluing up assembled and cut out. Most all of the other parts are milled and ready for final sanding. The only parts we have not milled yet are the drawers but that will happen today as the bench starts coming together.

It has been a great time sharing our passion for woodworking and collaborating on a project that will benefit local people with developmental disabilities. Many of the kids are people Rita & I know personally and that she has worked with through a program that she used to run.

We need to head back out to the shop and get crackin’, the auction is Friday night. If you would like to see more photos from yesterday check out the Flickr Album. It is open for public viewing.

Share the Love~Share the Knowledge

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 07:09 PM

Great job guys…or should I say Brian…he’s the only guy I saw working in those photos!!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 07:18 PM

Looking good. Sounds like you guys are having fun.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 07:46 PM

its great to see you guys working together and also sharing your passion’s..what fun and all for a wonderful cause, i hope your bench will auction for a nice amount and give the program the boost it needs…enjoy the rest of this build and get a crackin….....grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 10:05 PM

Great teamwork. I love to see woodworking coming together for a good cause.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 10:45 PM

Looks good guys.

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 11:06 PM

Working for the good of the whole. That’s what life is all about. Thanks for the wonderful example.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 03:12 AM

Sounds like you two are having a great time and doing something that matters. Looking forward to the final project.

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 08:54 AM

Todd, what kind of clamps are those? You use a drill to bring them in?

-- Childress Woodworks

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 08:59 AM

Childress – here is a link to a blog & video I did on the clamps.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 07:12 PM

Thanks! those are neat….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 06:13 PM

looking great


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