Maple Bench

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Project by rweaver36 posted 08-18-2017 02:58 PM 1050 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me to make a Hard maple bench for a wedding gift. The plan is to have the wedding guest sign the bench and then put a coat of poly/varnish to seal it…which means I don’t have to put a finish on (YAY!!!).

It is made of 8/4 H. Maple. I used half lap joints to assemble the legs, which took two tries to get right. This build was also my first attempt at a through mortise & tenon for the cross bracing. I learned I need to sharpen my chisels. The angle braces are screwed from the underside. It is sanded down to 220 grit.

It was a fun build, and since my wife liked it I may get another shot at building another one.

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#1 posted 08-18-2017 06:32 PM

You did a nice job on this bench.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-18-2017 06:48 PM

Good job! What an interesting concept. Your friends will cherish this bench for a long time to come.

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#3 posted 08-19-2017 04:11 AM

A great bench and gift. Nice work sir.

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

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#4 posted 08-19-2017 01:34 PM

Very nice! I really like this design.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 08-19-2017 03:07 PM

Learned more skills, great project, thank you for sharing this piece

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 08-21-2017 06:50 PM

Very nice craftsmanship and a very unique concept of signing it

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#7 posted 08-21-2017 08:46 PM

Thank you for the kind words. The couple getting married thought it turned out too nice to have people writing all over it, so they kept it as is…so that made me feel pretty good.

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