Bench/Coffee table

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 01-16-2015 10:16 PM 2883 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was thinking this bench would be used outside for my post run Gatorade but for now we have it as a coffee table in my family room. I had some pine boards that I used on the legs and some leftover maple for the top. I saw this plan in one of my magazines and always liked the angles and size so I started thinking I would paint the bottom and leave the maple top natural. I ended up using tried and true finish but didn’t like how blonde the pine was looking so I tinted the next few coats to darken up the base….I may even go more and really brown up the bottom but my wife seems to like where it’s at. A fun little build!

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#1 posted 01-16-2015 10:53 PM

I too like the proportions. Don’t think the color needs to be changed at all….....looks good to me.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 01-17-2015 12:46 AM

I really like that. I agree. Leave it alone! It looks GREAT!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 01-17-2015 12:59 AM

I agree as well—leave it natural! And now that you’ve made one, you can always make another for the bedroom/bathroom area, to sit on changing clothes or such.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 01-17-2015 10:52 AM

I wouldn’t change the color, it looks perfect to me. Very nicely done project. I like the design a lot and you did a great job building it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-17-2015 01:39 PM

Nice job! I have a bunch of walnut that is just calling out for a project like this. Thanks for posting.

It looks like you deviated from the Woodsmith plans and attached your top in a different manner. Can you describe how you attached the top?

For those who are interested, here is a link to the Woodsmith plans:


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#6 posted 01-17-2015 05:15 PM

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#7 posted 01-17-2015 08:25 PM


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#8 posted 01-17-2015 10:08 PM

Hi Greg, I usually like through tenons but for the bench I decided not to interrupt the top. So I used a few dowels and those figure eight table top fasteners which I really like. Thanks for all the comments!

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#9 posted 01-18-2015 01:43 PM

I like it the way it is also. I’m one that likes natural wood. All species have their own color/s. Just my .02

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 02-10-2015 12:49 AM

Hi Tom

Hi, nice build for sure. Those Woodsmith shop plans are really nice. They have another one called the Nantucket bench which I built also. You might like that design as well.

Agree with the others, the color looks good.

Cheers. Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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