Seating Bench

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Project by Luis M posted 05-23-2017 01:56 PM 1122 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this seating bench in May 2017.

The legs are made of cherry, the seat is made from quater sawn sycamore, the spindles are soft maple and the crest rail is cherry. The seat was scooped out at the table saw and refined with hand tools and sand paper.

During assembly, I attempted to glue the crest rail with the spindles into the seat by my self (bad idea). I was not able to line up the 12 spindles and drive them into the holes before the glue seized. I even broke one of the spindles. Fortunately I used hide glue and used hot water to reverse the glue bond. I had also turned 1 extra spindle. For the second try I enlisted my wife’s help and it went a lot smoother.

The whole piece is finished with 4 coats of wiping varnish and 1 coat of past wax.

This is only my second chair/seat build and I’m really proud of the result.

-- Luis

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#1 posted 05-23-2017 04:11 PM

You have every right to be proud.
You did a fantastic job!
It seems like your little ‘helper’ thinks so too!

-- I always knew I would grow old, But I expected it to take longer!

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#2 posted 05-23-2017 06:20 PM

That is a great bench, nice job.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 03:17 AM

It looks fantastic. Really well done. Only your second chair/bench? Wow. I’ve yet to do one but I can’t imagine that my 50th would come out half as good as yours.

-- Toy Making Dad, Northern Virginia,

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 01:43 PM

This is an outstanding bench. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 12-13-2017 03:44 PM

This is a really nice bench—I like everything about it. Based on the quality of the result, it’s hard to believe you don’t build these all the time! Did you turn the legs and spindles or buy them?

I’ve thought alot about making a chair. It seems like a significant challenge from the type of woodworking I have been doing up to now. There are so many compound angles.

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Luis M

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#6 posted 12-13-2017 03:52 PM


I turned the legs and spindles on the lathe. The spindles were a real pain to turn, because of how thin they are there was a lot of chattering.

I used to think just like you about chair making, but I found that the staked chairs from the Anarchist Design book by Chris Schwarz are relatively easy to make.

-- Luis

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