Sculpted Walnut Bench

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Project by Lavellewoodworking posted 04-02-2016 09:27 PM 2135 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The origins of this bench came from my lovely wife wanting something at the foot of the bed where she could put on and take off her shoes and socks. This is a longer version of that bench. The entire seat comes from the same design concept of my chairs, where the seat slopes back and invites the person to sit all the way back. The front edge is rounded over so it does not dig into the back of the legs. This allows someone to sit for hours on this bench comfortably. The legs are recessed into the seat and were shaped into it allowing for a seamless flow from the handles to the seat. The handles act as a stretcher above the seat as well as allow you something easier to grab onto when moving. I used Walnut plugs to cover the screws in the legs since, on this particular bench, I did not want the plugs to stand out. This particular bench is 78” long x just over 13” in depth x and 19” high at the top of the seat and 23” tall at the handles. The seat was carved from 8/4 Walnut with a carving attachment on the angle grinder, a sanding attachment on the grinder, and the ROS going from 40 grit to 320. The entire bench is finished with four coats of a custom oil blend followed by two more coats of an oil wax that is rubbed in.

-- Zach, Lavelle Woodworking Studio, Fargo, ND

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#1 posted 04-02-2016 10:10 PM

zach another killer piece my friend,a little maloof influence you get any flex if you sit in middle?thats a 5 star bench,great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 04-02-2016 10:24 PM

Simply awesome

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-03-2016 12:55 AM

That’s a beautiful walnut bench! I definitely like the styling of it!

I too am curious about it sagging in the middle.

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

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#4 posted 04-03-2016 01:46 AM

Fantastic. Fine craftsmanship and beautiful design. Lovely bench.

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 10:20 AM

I’ve seen a lot of maloof type stuff, but never a bench for this purpose. Very nice!!!!

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 12:08 PM

Awesome. Had to stare at it for quite a while.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#7 posted 04-03-2016 12:59 PM

You did an amazing job on this bench.

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#8 posted 04-03-2016 02:08 PM

Thank you all for you wonderful comments. I really appreciate it. Pottz, yes there is some deflection in the middle of the bench. I knew that it would deflect some after checking engineering tables for deflection rates of span lengths. I’ve tested the bench with a thousand pounds and had an 1/8th of an inch deflection in the middle. For this design I was fine with that amount. However, this is a wide as I would go with this design because any wider and the seat would deflect too much. I do have a design for this bench that has a back rest on it that includes a middle leg for any bench over 50” wide. Thank you again for all your wonderful comments.

-- Zach, Lavelle Woodworking Studio, Fargo, ND

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 05:13 PM

zach if all you had was 1/8 with 1000 pounds id say dont worry about it,just dont let 2 600 pound people sit down together-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 04-03-2016 07:54 PM

Very, very nice!

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