New bench for people passing my shop - we can all need a little care.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 12-31-2020 03:28 PM 785 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New bench for people passing my shop
we can all need a little care.

For many years now, I have had a bench in front of my workshop, this for people to be able to take a rest, hold hands with their love, talk with friends, or simply to sit down and think about life, pull the plug in the middle of the busy city of Copenhagen.
On sunny days, I use it my self, to enjoy a meal or a cold beer, alone or in the company of a friend or a loved one.

The bench is actually the lower part of my shaving horse, so when I wanted to brig it to my allotment house, realized I would take away this pleasure from people and especially the neighbours… hmmmm what do one do? Well make a new one of course, just the bench part, in this way I actually still have a saw bench and can bring the parts if needed from the allotment. I build another shaving horse, so I will probably not need that, but nice to have the option.

The workshop is three steps down from the street, an old shop, so it kind of gives a wee cave to sit in. Here the new bench in front.

Two by fours found in the trash are cut to length and shape on the table saw.
This will be an all recycle project.

Not the best of wood, but it will be fine.

This is a board from a transport cradle I salvade in the street, in front of the shop, when one of the neighbours had a new kitchen delivered.

Chamfering the edges and a light pass with sand paper on the top.

As the board is not too thick I decided to add some strength, this will also be support for the legs.

Made all the holes exactly as the once on the original bench.

Holes for legs are drilled with a slight angle outwards.

Needed some extra power…

Legs get a tour on the lathe, straight tenon and tapered end for stability and strength.

Made a jig, to cut a slice in the center of the wood.

Wedges from contrasting hardwood.

Legs hammered in.

Wedges mounted with glue and then sawn of with a flush saw,


Used this beautiful old reamer to taper the holes for the legs.

Glue and a few knocks wit the hammer.
This will last forever.

New bench in place.

Some of the neighbours enjoying a beer and a talk there.
It always bring me joy and has even brought a friendship.
Some of the neighbours complained about the old bench was not there, but when I told them this story, they were suddenly grateful and with smiles, now no one notice and life is back to normal, in front of my wee workshop.

Blog with the old horse being made:

Blog with new folding version:

Wishing you all a happy new year, hope it can be to some inspiration, to care for others, even the once you don’t know, or might never meet.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 12-31-2020 04:27 PM

As I have said before, your shop looks so warm and inviting and now that feeling has extended to the outside, too.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 12-31-2020 05:50 PM

Very nice! You’re a one-man neighborhood improvement association.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-31-2020 07:07 PM

Beautiful inside and out and everything around it. Brining and sharing the life of the tree out in so many ways.

Thank you!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 01-02-2021 08:39 PM

God Bless you my friend. Half a world away you are an inspiration.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#5 posted 01-02-2021 09:27 PM

Nice Mads, I’ll knock on if I’m ever in the neighbourhood :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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