Memorial bench for a friend

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Project by Andy Block posted 08-14-2015 08:46 PM 1183 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine recently passed and I offered to make a bench for him. He was a tug boat captain, often wore gum boots, built a board walk in a local nature reserve and Eliza was the love of his life. I got it all in.

I built the bench to be just a mortise and tenon project, however; added the cross pieces on the bottom with screws (yes I have sinned) as I thought it was important for safety and durability purposes because it could end up in a public place. I had the ideas for the images on the headboard and had someone do the carving. I presented it to the family last night Aug 13th along with some music and lyrics to go with it, which I had written. They were all pretty moved.

When you build something like this you have a lot of time to think about who it is for. The music wrote itself as I worked and with his poetic name, which is on the headboard, it wasn’t hard to compose. Is it such a wonderful thing to take my two favorite past times, woodworking and music and combine the two. Next is a guitar shaped coffee table for another friend, along with a blues piece to go with it.

I have included pictures of the bottom and the back of the bench. It is my belief if you make something like this it should be well finished from all sides and angles. The wood started out as was rough cedar from a friend’s cedar mill and the mortise and tenons were made with the Leigh Industries Jig FMT pro. It works beautifully.

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 10:25 PM

Wow. That’s a beautiful piece Andy. And a very fine tribute to your friend.

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 11:17 PM

Very nice sir.
I think he would have been pleased.

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

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 11:36 PM

Beautiful tribute to your friend! This bench will keep his memory alive for many years to come!

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

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 11:49 PM

lovely bench and very thoughtful tribute

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#5 posted 08-15-2015 01:00 AM

Great job & great tribute to your friend.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 08-15-2015 12:47 PM

Well done! I like the simple design.
Will you be sharing any of your music on your blog? (woodworking and music are two of my favorites as well!)

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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