Seat Bench and Storage - From Mesquite and Spanish Cedar

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Project by Luddite posted 05-06-2015 10:14 PM 2943 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was for one of my l ongtime clients. They wanted a Seat/Storage Bench for their master bathroom, this master bath is bigger than my first home, for keeping items they needed.

I found this image——of a bench they thought would be ideal. Of course having to be difficult in the process I changed the mode of construction from biscuits and finishing nails to mortise and tenon with frame paneling.

The clients are in love with Mesquite and this piece was to be no different. The quality of the available wood was far from perfect with shake cracks and numerous grub beetle tunnels. Using a quick setting dyed epoxy I attempted to fill as many of the defects that would affect structural integrity.

Construction was fairly straight forth. The rails, stiles and legs were all joined with mortise and tenon, panels with rabbited edges fitted to dado’s on rails, stiles and legs to be flush on the interior of the piece.

The flooring was made of 3/4 Spanish Cedar spaced a quarter inch apart for air circulation.
A lift out tray was made also of SC.

The lid is attached to the box using Torsion Hinges that will allow the lid to remain in place when opening.

The overall dimensions are 33 length, 18 depth and 20.5 to seat level and 23 to top of legs.
The clients intend on placing a 3” cushion on the lid.

Thanks for looking.

Update: 10 May 2015

Delivered the bench yesterday. Here’s a photo of the finished item.

Looks nice with the cushion in it’s new home.

Outside in the back garden.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 11:43 PM

Oh my, oh my, oh my, beauty beauty.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 11:53 PM

Beautiful piece. I love mesquite too!! That case is super strong and will hold a lot of stuff!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-07-2015 01:40 AM

This is a gorgeous piece, Luddite!

Fantastic wood choices, superb design and excellent execution. The trifecta!

Thanks for sharing it!

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#4 posted 05-07-2015 12:59 PM


This actually went together well. The wood quality was a challenge to deal with at times. I did find a better epoxy product and this really helped. Hopefully my clients will enjoy this piece for years to come.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#5 posted 05-07-2015 01:24 PM

beautiful piece

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#6 posted 05-07-2015 08:06 PM


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 05-07-2015 10:20 PM

Very nice…I like the grubs holes and cracks…finish is perfect. Thanks for showing.

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#8 posted 05-08-2015 12:12 AM

Beautiful bench!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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