Bench For The Church Entryway

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Project by OttoH posted 06-21-2014 12:41 AM 2032 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a Hard Maple bench that I designed and built for the entryway at the church. The bench weighs about 100 pounds and was built to withstand eons of use. As usual I over engineered it, but I wanted to make sure that it was safe for our elderly parishioners. I researched the ADA (American Disability Act) laws to make sure the bench heights and dimensions were all legal.

The bench is securely bolted to the studs in the wall with lag bolts, so it is sturdy enough to hold the handrail without fear of it tipping over or pulling away from the wall.

I had three gentlemen from the church stop by for a few hours to help with the construction and staining of the bench. We had a great time and we are all very happy with the results of our work.

The bench was made from the four ten foot long maple boards in the second picture. The text in the back was carved in my CNC machine, the arm spindles were turned on the lathe, and of course we used the table saw, band saw, drill press, planer, jointer, and hand sanders to complete the project.

To finish it off the bench got three coats of stain and several coats of wax.

And of course to add a bit of symbolism the three beads on each arm spindle stand for the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 12:57 AM

Let me be the first to say what a fine bench you made.
Good intentions, good friends, good skills and great results.
Nicely done.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 01:14 AM

Great job sir.

I will be stopping by next week.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 06-21-2014 01:20 AM

Very nicely done—great project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 06-21-2014 03:34 AM

What come to mind OttoH, as I try and think of an appropiate post. Is a simple,,,,, Thank You !!

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#5 posted 06-21-2014 05:05 AM


Very nice bench. The Scripture is very appropriate: the bench gives the body rest and Jesus Christ gives rest to the soul who trusts in Him. It was nice that you could work together to make it. Thanks for sharing.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 06-21-2014 08:01 AM

Very nice job Otto.


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#7 posted 06-21-2014 10:18 AM

Thanks folks for the nice comments. One of the problems with being anal retentive is that I have an issue with the spelling on the scripture. I used the King James version and in there the word labor is spelled labour, I wanted to stay true to the version, but I knew that the people here would have issue with the “u” so I Americanized it. Yes it is the little things that bug me.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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matt garcia

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#8 posted 06-21-2014 05:43 PM

Nice bench, love the natural maple!!! Great job!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 06-22-2014 01:46 AM

beautiful work , I love getting people to help and get involved, years from now their family will be saying ” granddad helped build it”

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#10 posted 06-22-2014 05:34 PM

Nice plus the fellowship in the building of the bench. Now…...put a sign above the nursery door, “We shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed.”

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#11 posted 06-22-2014 05:54 PM

You’re right Knothead62, 1 Corinthians 15:51 would be a great verse for the nursery, trouble is we are a small congregation and we don’t have a nursery, but worked up properly it very well me a viable sign to sell.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#12 posted 07-01-2014 09:34 PM

That’s extremely beautiful work! I like the wood and design.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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