Myrtle Anniversary Shaker Table #16: Shaping the Bench Legs

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Blog entry by DoctorDan posted 01-11-2011 06:24 AM 1601 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the (near) completion of the Christmas Boxes I’ve had some time to work on the Anniversary Table. Over the past two days I’ve worked on shaping the blanks I prepared back in October. The two benches will have three solid legs. Each leg is made of ~40mm Tas. Mrytle. The back is formed by a straight taper and a gentle curve. The front has a gentle curve to match the table leg (seen in the background.) The detail is an ellipse found in traditional design.

The boards behind the first picture will become the seat and the back rest. I am debating on including a stretched under the seat. In Shaker furniture this added strength to the 3/4” timber, but here it’ll be purely aesthetic. I feel it shall balance the ellipse and the front curve to have a stretcher ~70mm from the front.

-- Daniel -

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 08:22 AM

Dan: The Shaker benches are coming along nicely….I really like building Shaker furniture. It’s my favorite type of all to build. Keep on keeping on with it….you’ll get there…

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 11:02 AM

Looking good mate..

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