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Project by kolwdwrkr posted 09-03-2009 04:08 AM 3909 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here she is in all her glory. LOL. I think I have opted to just leave it natural for now. It seems to be darkening and giving itself a nice patina. I don’t want it to grey so I may try to apply something on it. I read in Fine Woodworking that it’s okay to apply pure tung oil to help protect it but I’m not sure how much that would help keep the color. The arms were the last thing and I got to use the bandsaw to cut the arch and the scoop on the front. The sides are shaped by hand by me and my girlfriend. We each carved a side. I realize that some joints could be tighter and there is room for improvement. I somewhat rushed on some of the process.

This project was fun to build and it gave us time together. I’m looking forward to our next “hobby” project. I think it’s going to be a carved screen door. I also need to finish the fence and have some commissioned work to attend to as well. I’m seemingly busy, now wheres the money. LOL.

As always I welcome constructive criticism, positive or negative.


-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 04:11 AM

What can I say you did a great job,I love all the details.

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 04:13 AM

Keith: You and your girlfriend did a nice bench. The carving looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 06:44 AM

Never before has there been such a magnificent bench.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 09-03-2009 08:37 AM

Bently, the saw marks were left from the mill. I refused to plane the material smooth. I thought it would be cool to see them, so we just sanded lightly.

Thanks guys for the compliments

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 09-03-2009 12:04 PM

first time to see the bench keith..great job…..looks like you too work well togeather…...i assume as long as you let her do it her way….lol…..maybe you can market some of these to other clients…..not a huge investment for someone, but getting a good piece of wood art…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 09-03-2009 03:43 PM

Fantastic bench, Keith. The carving is just beautiful!

The only thing I would like to see different is a couple more slats in the back.

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

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#7 posted 09-03-2009 04:13 PM

Beautiful carving. Looks like a real comfy bench, but I agree with Charlie, I think a couple more slats for the back rest would make it more comfy. I hope you can do a follow up on how it weathers the elements. It’s a unique piece of art. I hope Mother Nature is gentle on it.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 09-03-2009 04:41 PM

Interesting juxtaposition of refined and rough. I like the contrast between the smooth molded transitions, intricate carvings and the rough mill marks. Carvings are obviously what this bench is about though. It looks great. I wonder what the carvings will look like as it ages… Maybe just a wider bottom slat, it almost looks like something is missing with the little one.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 09-03-2009 04:55 PM

Fantastic Kieth!! What a beauty!! Great teamwork!

One thing from me. I appreciate the color and look of weathered outdoor furniture, but with the wing pieces at the top and overall wearing of the piece in the weather, I think the bench will not last as long without a durable finish. Keep it under cover at least.


-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#10 posted 09-03-2009 05:17 PM


-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#11 posted 09-03-2009 08:18 PM

Very cool, nicely done.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 09-03-2009 08:58 PM

that is a stunning bench the detail is wonderful mate

worth the wait thanks for showing us


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#13 posted 09-03-2009 09:08 PM

Hi Keith,

Another beautiful piece of Art, & Craftsmanship.

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

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#14 posted 09-03-2009 09:11 PM

very nice indeed wish I had your carving skills.keep up the truly nice work Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#15 posted 09-03-2009 09:58 PM

love the carving

-- -erik & christy-

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