Cherry Bench

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Project by Manitario posted 02-19-2017 04:39 PM 2163 views 11 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry and wenge with 5 coats of Minwax “tung oil” finish.
Video of the build:

The video was my first and probably my last build video…kudos to those of you that regularly put out build videos. I found it a huge PITA to constantly have to stop to adjust the camera angle and try and be conscious of where I was in the frame. Also, paring down 12h of video to an (almost) tolerable length took me almost the same time as the actual build.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 02-19-2017 04:51 PM

I love your style. Our houses are a bit cluttered for something as straightforward as this, but it is the kind of thing, I, in particular like.

I will get to the video, probably later today.

I have been asked by my wife to build a bench for an entryway. I suggested a backless bench, but then she pointed out why that wouldn’t be a good idea. This is a bench to be used by many people, including two intellectually delayed individuals, one of them my step daughter, and many different caregivers.

So my bench will not be beautiful, it will be functional, and will have to be made of very tough stuff. Rats.

Thanks again for your posts, they drag me back to the design and function thing I like so much.

Beautiful work, again, and that house of yours must be nearing the point of spectacular.

We are being swamped by a big time snowy and cold winter, quite unlike last year’s mild winter. The snow has been sliding off our metal roof all night long and sounding like a cannon when it hits the ground.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 02-19-2017 05:00 PM

Thanks Jim, always good to hear from you. Our house is slowly becoming cluttered with stuff I’ve made…I fear the day when I run out of either room or stuff to replace.

It’s been a particularly snowy winter here too, compared to last winter where we didn’t really even have snow until after Christmas. It’s felt like I’ve been on my tractor clearing the driveway almost every day. We have a run of warm weather this week, it gets everyone hopeful that the winter is at the end, but in reality we’ll probably have another few weeks of cold and snow before the real melt starts.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#3 posted 02-19-2017 07:02 PM

Very nice! I like everything about it.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#4 posted 02-19-2017 07:22 PM

Great looking bench!

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 02-19-2017 07:29 PM

I normally don’t shovel snow anymore. When I was working, I couldn’t afford the inevitable sore back and wrists. The wrists were a big issue for me. It is a problem with working until you are nearly 75. I will soon be 76.

Today I have been shoveling off the deck and stairways in the front of the house. Some of its gets snow slides from the roof. My wife was trying to do some of it, so I had to take over. She is postop from shoulder surgery and not supposed to be doing that sort of thing yet.

I solved the driveway problem over 15 years ago by installing a heated driveway. Today I was just throwing some of the snow from the deck and stairs unto the driveway because it was convenient. The driveway will take care of it.

When I lived in Fairbanks I had a Gravely garden tractor with a direct drive snow blower attachment. It threw snow about a 100 feet… gad zooks. Great machine.

We will lose our snow about a month after you do, I suspect. Unless we get what I call the “Pineapple Express”. It is a chinook type of wind that comes directly from the south straight out of the Hawaiian Islands. You can see it vividly on satellite views with a band of streaming clouds. Most people don’t realize that the Hawaiian Islands are due south from Anchorage.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 02-19-2017 08:01 PM

I really enjoyed the video, your steps (many many steps) and your top of the line tools. Wow.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 02-19-2017 09:02 PM

This bench is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 02-20-2017 12:28 AM

Nice styling, I’ll check out the vid later.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 02-20-2017 02:36 AM

“The video took longer to edit than the build.” People don’t realized the time invested in doing a video especially the first time? Lots of editing required and a steep learning cure. Kudos an both projects!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 02-20-2017 06:52 AM

I love the bench, classy. And the video is really well done as well. Good choice on the music.

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#11 posted 02-20-2017 03:25 PM

beautiful bench

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Greg In Maryland

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#12 posted 02-20-2017 03:42 PM

Nice job with the bench bench and the video. Loved the music too!


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#13 posted 02-20-2017 04:28 PM

Jim: Heated driveway!! That’s impressive, I imagine that you’ve saved yourself weeks worth of shovelling over its lifetime. Electrical heat or hot water from a boiler? We have a very long, winding driveway so electrical heat would require a lottery win to pay for it. The tractor is fun…for about the first 2 snowfalls and then it is just a chore.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#14 posted 02-20-2017 04:28 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 02-20-2017 05:07 PM

We have hot water heat burning natural gas. We actually have two boilers, because we maxed out the largest available with the house. That one also heats the hot water. So we have a smaller one for the drive. It isn’t a very long drive, but especially if snow starts sliding or we get a monster dump, it makes a difference. We me leaving the house unexpectedly any hour of the day or night when I was working, it solved a significant issue.

We relocated our furnaces while adding on to the house and got the two furnaces at that time.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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