Fir Bench

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Project by Blender posted 02-17-2009 07:27 AM 2452 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at mortise and tenons. I had a lot of fun making it and I learned a lot.

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#1 posted 02-17-2009 09:05 AM

Looks nice. Is the top fir?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-17-2009 10:22 AM

Good lookin’ piece. I have always been a fan of that style of joinery.

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 10:30 AM

nicely done

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 04:11 PM

The top is Fir. Thanks for the comments.

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#5 posted 02-17-2009 04:49 PM

Very nice. I great job on the construction.

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#6 posted 02-17-2009 04:50 PM

Excellent build. I like the construction picture from below. We always wonder how things are joined. I saw the tops of the legs, and thought, ” I would have chamfered the tops to give it a floating top look, but yours is a well made and solid project, thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 01:45 PM

Nice bench.

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#8 posted 03-06-2009 02:39 PM

How was the fir to work with? How did you purchase it?

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#9 posted 03-06-2009 04:02 PM

Fir can be fickle, stringy would be a good descriptive word. I have could hand plane some pieces and have to sand others. Next time I will make everything oversize and then machine to dimension to avoid tearout. That might work.
A positive note is that here is Edmonton you can get huge pieces for a decent price. This project was made from a 3×12x18’ log which cost about 40$. I am going to get some 4×12 this spring and there is stuff that is even bigger. You do loose a bit due to checking and knots but for solid bases and big dimensional pieces Fir is tough to beet in my mind.

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