Benches for kitchen Island

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Project by Mikesawdust posted 02-21-2017 02:36 PM 839 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just sent these out, and immediately had to apologize for getting the height wrong. Note to self: measure twice, then check the original order and make sure it’s what the customer actually asked for. She will ship the legs back for shortening as required, that should be pretty easy just wish I had discovered it before shipping; one hour later and it’s too late. The tops are elm with the legs and stretchers from Chestnut and the pins being walnut. I had to build them to ship through the US postal system and be put together easily, so I went with a trestle design. The Legs are mortised to the top with a dovetailed edge on the outside. Once they are inserted and stood upright, the pins lock it together with no movement. The finish is rattle can lacquer. The two blocks on the underside of the top lock the legs straight when pinned.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 03:06 PM

great job…

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-22-2017 09:13 AM

Thanks woodworm. I wasn’t happy with the chestnut, its a very splintery wood and I was overly concerned that it could fail on the stretchers by splitting. I ended up adding a screw through the ends to ensure they could hold up to the stress without splitting. I also used a method I saw someone else on here use for the mortises. A angled the piece using one of the pins and drilled the length of the mortise out all at an angle rather than adding the angle after, this is a great time saver and made it really easy to standardize all the mortise and pins. I made this so that all the parts were interchangeable between the benches, this took a lot more attention to detail than I normally have to follow since all the stretchers, legs and pins had to be able to go anywhere when put together.

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#3 posted 02-23-2017 08:19 AM

Nice style and looks well built

-- Rick M,

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