Mission Style Bench

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Project by jakeprater posted 08-09-2014 08:31 PM 3240 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished yesterday, a mission style (I think) bench. My wife wants a new dining table and chairs similar to one posted here by Pintodelux (as I recall it was by Willie Landry Designs), but she also wanted a bench to go with it. Before I just did into chair making, I figured I would do some skill development by making this bench.

I built it out of Southern yellow Pine, laminated the top out of four pieces ripped from 2×12’s. I also had to laminate the legs and mill the small spindles. The top is 13” wide and just shy of 72” long. I was able to feed the whole thing through my DW735 planer, with minimal snipe. I used standard mortise and tenon for the leg sets, but due to a (ahem) minor miscalculation, I had to use lose tenons for the stringers. We’ll see how they hold up.

I finished it with Cabot’s natural strain, then topped it with three coats of polycrilic, sanding between coats, and finish sanded to a satin sheen.

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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#1 posted 08-09-2014 11:56 PM

It looks good and sturdy! I’m sure you’ll get many years of use from it (-:

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 02:53 PM

Nice, simple design. Love craftsman stuff. Great job!

-- Making sawdust in Idaho since 1968

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#3 posted 11-28-2014 03:58 PM

Amazingly nice. Sometimes the simple projects well executed are the best!

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#4 posted 11-28-2014 04:12 PM

Looks good and it looks super sturdy too.


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