Small entry bench

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Project by BradParsley posted 04-12-2009 03:39 AM 2095 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first “real” project (and first project to Lumberjocks)

Small entry bench. Materials were ash (from, not affiliated) with a cherry strip down the middle. Legs are mitered and tapered. Joints other than top and leg miters are pocket screws. Stain is minwax early american with poly on top. Looked better pre stain (wife’s request to stain).

Plenty of lessons learned. First, glue ruins stain. Second, stain ruins nice wood. Third, I like pocket screws. Fourthly (last one), making mistakes means you’re learning. Learning means I get to try version 2.0 =)

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 04:05 AM

Nicely done. It seems that we are learning the same lessons. First lesson learned… when she wants it so, make it so… life is much easier that way… and it’s only taken me 38 years to figure that out…

I should be starting my first pocket screw project next week… wife wants a small bench like yours… I want to do cabinets for my saw dust room…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 04:10 AM

Looks rather nice, It`s not always good to make mistakes but its always good to learn,

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 10:47 AM

Looks nice and strong built.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 04-12-2009 02:25 PM

Nice looking project… Don’t be to hard on yourself….

Thanks for sharing….


-- Happy and safe woodworking, [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-12-2009 10:43 PM

I wish my first project looked that good. Well done


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#6 posted 04-13-2009 02:12 AM

Ditto with Jim. My first project wound up in the fireplace. Yours looks both attractive and functional. Keep working, and thanks!

-- Chris

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