William Sonoma Inspired Bench

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Project by Jace McDaniel posted 08-18-2016 05:41 AM 2112 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well i was commissioned by an aunt of mine to make her a bench for her front porch, which was a broad statement considering i asked her if she had any idea what style she was wanting and she said…nope…just want a bench to put on my front porch. So i started searching the web to give myself some general ideas on what to do and i ran across this bench that William Sonoma had designed and i basically copied it entirely except for i added my own touch to it as we all do as woodworkers, but anyways. I went to lowes and picked up 4: 2×10x10s and came home and ripped them down to 2×4’s, took the rounded edges off, joint and planed them 4 sides square and cut them down to length and got to laminating! this was a very simple project that costed a total of about 40 bucks to make(and its sold for $275) so here you have what looks to be an expensive bench, really is just simple box store pine with a nice oil base pecan stain lol….hopefully this project will inspire someone beginning woodworking to see that you dont have to jump into woodworking and go straight to advanced projects to try and be successful, because more than likely the advanced stuff will end up getting you discouraged and might draw you away from the hobby, weve all been there. but instead start with something more basic and hone your craft from the ground up. As the saying says “you gotta crawl before you walk” woodworking yet again proves that to be true

-- M1 Woodworks

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#1 posted 08-18-2016 12:29 PM

Can’t beat $40 and you have very sage advice for fledgling woodworkers. Once they “make” something, that’s all it usually takes for the seed to be planted. Thanks for sharing!!

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 08-18-2016 01:45 PM

I appreciate your efforts and design.There seems to be a big trend of using construction grade wood, yes it’s cheap but it doesn’t hold up long term because once the wood dries out the wood tends to shrink and twist and warp.
As an adult woodworking teacher, I think more advanced projects are fine for some beginning woodworkers where others need to stick to basic projects.


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#3 posted 08-18-2016 02:17 PM

I would think this one would resist the shrink/twist/warp problems fairly well compared to other applications, given the laminations and beefy joints.

As long as you got doug fir (selected decent board to start) and let it dry out for a few months before jointing/planing, I imagine it would be quite serviceable for finer applications as well. It will never be mahogany, but neither will outer space.

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#4 posted 08-18-2016 02:28 PM

gargey ,I disagree with you, wood movement can tear apart any joinery,Why not just buy Kiln dried fir in the first place,it doesn’t cost that much more.


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#5 posted 08-18-2016 03:25 PM

The doug fir that I see at home depot is kiln dried. Usually KD-HT. Don’t get me wrong, I prefer to (and do) buy nice hardwood for my projects. Just saying that big box construction lumber (doug fir kd) can probably be put to good use if selected carefully, as well.

I own neither a band saw nor a table saw nor a planer nor a jointer, so I won’t be using much of it myself. Way too much work to re-dimension with hand tools.

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#6 posted 08-18-2016 04:00 PM

Nice work WiP..

Not sure what some people expect from big box store 2×4’s. I think the point is that it shows very much what you can do for a few bucks, this wasn’t built to be a heirloom.
I think though, it will definitely be around for a very long time.

I like how you staggered the feet at the bottom, nice touch!

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#7 posted 08-18-2016 04:08 PM

Gorgeous piece! Love the look of it and the price makes it even better. :)

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#8 posted 08-18-2016 04:11 PM

Yea, anything that thick and chunky and robust and laminated like that will be fine, even made out of air dried construction grade pine 2×4s. In fact making it out of higher quality wood with all straight grain and no knots would make it really boring.

-- Ted

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#9 posted 08-18-2016 04:26 PM

It might help to see it upright.


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#10 posted 08-18-2016 04:30 PM

Congratulations. It’s a very nice looking bench and you did a great job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 08-20-2016 08:29 PM

simple, strong, very nice.

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#12 posted 08-21-2016 01:17 AM

Nice job!

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#13 posted 08-21-2016 01:18 AM

Nice job!

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#14 posted 08-23-2016 08:46 PM

simple, strong, very nice.

- briansnider


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