Rush Seated Bench

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Blog series by woodworksbyjohn updated 03-10-2011 03:02 AM 5 parts 7397 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Greene & Greene Detail on Legs

02-22-2011 12:24 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 5 comments »

Here is a shot of the finished detail on the legs, ready for final planing and refinement. I’ll do that after the mortises are cut for the stretchers. I changed things up a bit and decided to taper the inside of the legs at the front and back but left the sides square. Well, go to something different and it complicates things a little. I made the jig somewhat like shown in Darrell Pearts book. For the straight side of the legs it was pretty simple. Rather than mess with ...

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Part 2: My First Cloud Lift

02-25-2011 07:08 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 1 comment »

If you’re familiar with Arts & Craft style, especially Greene & Greene’s take on it you’ve no doubt heard of the “cloud lift” detail that was a common element of the style. It adds a certain Asian influence to the piece. For the rush seated bench I’m making I decided to incorporate it into the stretcher. Here’s my piece:As it is now this stretcher is way over size, the plan is to insert it into a through mortise on the leg stretchers. It w...

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Part 3: Ebony Pegs Revisited

02-27-2011 10:52 PM by woodworksbyjohn | 1 comment »

In one of my earlier posts I showed what I referred to as “the poor man’s dowel plate”. Unfortunately it didn’t work as I had hoped. Using the saw blade was fine for one, maybe two accurately sized dowels. After that they became slightly larger and rougher. In that post I mentioned that my friend had ordered the dowel plate from Lie-Nielsen but it wasn’t scheduled for shipping for a couple of weeks. As I took a lunch break yesterday and pondered how the heck...

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Part 4: First Look -- Trials of Seagrass

03-08-2011 07:18 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 0 comments »

Here it is, the first look of the completely woven seat. At this point I need to clip the whiskers off and then apply a thinned out coat of varathane. A second “whisker clipping” and one more coat and it’ll be ready to place in the house. This is my third attempt at weaving a seat and although I’m learning and hopefully getting better it’s still not up to the standard I’d like to achieve—guess that’s what keeps us driving on for that allu...

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Part 5: Finished Stool

03-10-2011 03:02 AM by woodworksbyjohn | 0 comments »

Here you have the finished project. Like everything most of us do, we look back at it and know there are skills we’ve learned and new things we’ve accomplished. Over-all I’m very pleased with this stool. It’s purpose is to provide a place in the entry to put on or take off your shoes. We have an antique buffet that is made of mahogany as well and this piece harmonizes quite well with it. I like the combination of the polished wood with the textural quality of ...

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