A Bench for My Ash

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Project by D11RDozer posted 09-27-2014 02:26 AM 2218 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench is based on the design from Russell Jensen’s Fine Woodworking article, Japanese Garden Bench. My wife wanted a bench for our foyer and I really liked this design. To fit the space, I needed to reduce the length by about 14” so I took out two of the back slats and shortened the back panel.

I used ash leftover from when I built my workbench.

The finish is Watco Danish Oil, which is the same finish that is on the workbench. I like the color it imparts and I figured it would be easy to refresh after a few years of use.

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#1 posted 09-27-2014 07:43 AM

Very nicely executed. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to have the Eye of Sauron gazing out at your foyer though. :D

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#2 posted 09-27-2014 01:08 PM

Sweet bench. She should be very happy with that piece!!.
Great detail centering the “eye” on that back board. Shows great planning for the wood you have to work with!!

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#3 posted 09-27-2014 01:35 PM

Well done! Love the tapered and angled back slats. Elegant!

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 12:31 AM

Great looking bench! It sure is a nice addition to your home!

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#5 posted 03-20-2015 03:18 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

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