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RussellAP

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115 days ago

Part one of three. The longest bench with under-seat storage. Aromatic cedar.
Client is on his way to pick it up today. It’s rather large and I can’t get much done with it in the shop, so I’m delivering this one today so I can work on the smaller bench. I can store it in my shed when it’s done. Waiting on a string of nice warm days to complete the table. It will have a pour on finish so I want at least two days in the 70’s to do that.

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#1 posted 115 days ago

That looks very nice. Working with red cedar is a challenge as there is not thing such as a clear piece of wood. You have done a great job with this. How about a picture of inside the bench?

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#2 posted 115 days ago

I did not glue up the seat because I don’t want it cracking one day. So it ain’t pretty in there. Cedar fence material was used to line it.

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#3 posted 114 days ago

Are you using those hinges or is that for mock-up? They look really small to support that amount of weight. I would have mortised a piano hinge on the underside. I can’t imagine that would be too comfortable to sit on either.

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#4 posted 114 days ago

I hate to speak negatively. The outside looks good, but even though nobody see’s the inside you should still put enough attention to the inside so it doesn’t look so amateurish. The way you did it looks like something someone would do in their backyard. It would have been just as easy to make the 3 boards running horizontally all the same size and made them fit in between the vertical battens. I’m not sure I even understand your purpose for them. It looks like they barely cover the one top seam but don’t even cover the second lower seam.
I might be a little harsh, but the point I am making is that it wouldn’t have taken you any EXTRA labor to make it look better.

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#5 posted 114 days ago

IWUD4U, several things came together to cause this. First, the customer didn’t care about the inside, only that he could store stuff in it. Two, those are leftovers from a fence job I did a couple weeks ago and seeing that he knocked my price down on this job by $300.00, it has to come out somewhere. I am with you on the underside of the seat though, not my best work, but I was caught in a dilemma as to whether I should or should not glue up the seat on something that is 85” long. Seeing that this cedar is very fresh and has a lot of oil in it, I figured no glue would hold up if people got rowdy on it. Between the hang over of the seat and the end board being barely enough to clear the framing, I did the best I could. The next bench is the same construction, but I at least spaced the boards underneath evenly.

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#6 posted 114 days ago

Lumberjoe, you’d be surprised at how strong those hinges are. I threw the screws away that came with it and got some soft wood screws a little bigger and longer and drilled the hinge holes out to fit. The hinges are well in back of the person sitting at the bench, it’s pretty deep.

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#7 posted 112 days ago

A beautiful bench chest combo Russell.

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