Office Bench

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Project by exterminate posted 08-01-2016 03:10 PM 885 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench I made for my office at work. I recently moved offices, and lost my visitor’s chairs in the process, so this was my solution. Base is white oak and maple, and the top is curly maple. The top is attached to the base using screws with elongated holes in the risers to allow for movement.

Firsts for me include sliding dovetails on the risers, as well as the “floating” top design. The base is finished with lacquer and wax. The top is finished with shellac and wax to bring out the grain. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the results. This was one of those projects where I had a loose idea of what I wanted, but didn’t build it in sketchup or draw it out first. I think if I do another one, I’ll either taper, or put a slight curve in the legs, and will probably stick with the same species for the base. I’m also not sure I like the way the legs rise above the stretchers.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#1 posted 08-01-2016 08:50 PM

nice bench. I do think I agree with you about using the same wood on the bottom, but I do like the way the legs rise up, looking almost like they’re holding up the seat…good job on the design and work!

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 11:44 AM

Very nice execution. I think there’s a little mismatch with the thick and sturdy base compared to the floating top, which is made to look extra light/thin with the bottom camber. A thinner base or thicker top might be more congruent. Still, very nicely executed.

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#3 posted 08-02-2016 07:56 PM

Thank you both! Your comments and critiques are very much appreciated.

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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