Bench and Coffee Table

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Project by SteveE posted 03-17-2009 04:12 AM 2055 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a picture of a bench similar to this one online and I thought I’d make an imitation. It is a coffee table that converts to a bench by flipping the panels which are resting inside of the bench frame. I was attracted to the idea of a multifunctional piece of furniture. With the basic idea and a couple of sketches, I went for it. I used white ash because I wasn’t too sure about how it would come out and didn’t want to use very expensive lumber that I ordered online. I bought the lumber from a popular supplier who has a fondness for blue and I got a couple of pieces that had gray streaks so, I made lemonade by incorporating them into the table top. The finish is watco danish oil which looks pretty okay on ash, I think.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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Tom Goodman

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 05:56 AM

This looks great. Good choice on the wood. also a great ideal for those that want to kick back and put their feet up.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. [email protected]

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 06:27 AM

I really like that. I like clever designs. It was really a surprise when I saw the cushions. How did you attach the cushions to the panel?

-- Disappointment is an empty box full of expectation.

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 02:28 PM

Don’t tell anyone it’s not expensive wood because it sure looks like it is.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 02:43 PM

Really nice. Clever design and very well executed.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 03:00 PM

Thanks for the comments.

jsheaney: The cushion is a typical slip cover cushion with 1/4” birch plywood as the base. The panels (3/4”) are framed by 1-1/4” pieces that have a 3/8” by 3/4 rabbit. The result is that the table side of the panels appear to be framed by 3/8” while the cushion side appears to be framed by 3/4”. The key thing is that the cushion frame sits proud by a 1/2” creating a kind of tray to receive the cushion.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 07:31 PM

A beautiful heirloom!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 03-17-2009 08:11 PM

Thanks Dick & Barb

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 03:19 AM

I really like the design of this table, I may have to copy it in the future.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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