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Bench #2: Started

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Blog entry by Stofrank posted 01-18-2019 12:23 AM 599 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Start Part 2 of Bench series Part 3: Glueing »

The top of the bench is made from reclaimed maple church bench seats built in 1937, that was acquired a few years ago. What was interesting was that seats had been positioned in the round, each of them had a inside and outside radius that would have to be cut off so I had straight edges to work with. Each section was 15” wide x 1-1/16” thick and about 8 feet long. I wasn’t sure what the finish was on them and I didn’t want to damage my planner blades, so I ended up sanding down to the staining. That was when I realized that they were glued up from separate parts and not full width. They were random widths and I thought about just using the widest ones and cutting the tongue and groove joints off but it would of created a lot of scrap so I decided to live with the joints to get the best yield.



After re-sawing and planning they finished out at 1” thick by 5-1/4” wide. What amazed me was that in one piece I counted over 70 growth rings in the 1-1/16” thickness. My guess was that the tree it was milled from had to be at least 3 feet in diameter and at least over three hundred years old ( will try to get that verified). I was just blown away when I saw that. Needless to say it kinda looks like a bowling alley.



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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 01-18-2019 12:52 AM

Good use of wood. Interesting read. Keep them coming

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 11:54 AM

Love the use of the wood. Do you have a design you are going after?

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#3 posted 01-18-2019 10:58 PM

Thanks, this is going to be a variation of the Roubo based on John Tetreault design with some variations.

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#4 posted 01-20-2019 03:57 PM

looks great and should be super stable.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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