Woven Seat Bench

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Project by lobro4 posted 06-15-2010 04:59 AM 4400 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes a return to a less complex project is just the elixir one needs. I had never made anything from walnut before and this project struck me as the perfect opportunity. Besides, I can always use all the practice on mortise and tenon joinery I can get! I also like the mixed media of the project. You can find the plans at Plans Now.
There were plenty of geometrical challenge as the mortises made each piece a mirror image of its mate. Whew. Lots of chances to make a mistake.
I made one minor adjustment in the assembly instructions. The plans call for assembling the seat frame first, applying the webbing and then putting that into the leg assemblies. I worried that the seat assembly could come up off square or worse yet off size and not fit into the leg assemblies. To account for this, I moved the end bars in just a little to give me room to weave the warp with the entire bench assembled.
A fun project that is looking for a home. Front door… vanity… bedroom?
Wood: Walnut sanded to 220. Finish: Oiled with 1 part Mineral Spirits to 2 parts BLO. Top coat: Three quick coats Watco Brush-On Lacquer. Sanded after 12 hours of drying and then one last thinned coat.
Thanks for looking.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 05:34 AM

turned out great.

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#2 posted 06-15-2010 06:05 AM

Beautiful piece. I saw a similar plan in Woodsmith magazine and would like to make a go of it. I love your color choices and the Walnut. Very rich and the webbing color was a nice choice to match it. I agree, it will make a nice accent to just about any room in the house.

Thanks for posting,


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#3 posted 06-15-2010 06:23 AM

Very nice top to bottom


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#4 posted 06-15-2010 06:30 AM

Very nice looking seat bench. I like the finish color.
May I know the width & thickness of the legs? If I were to make it out of 3/4” thick stock (since I do not have stock thicker than 3/4”) do you think it is possible to laminate it?

Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 06-15-2010 06:39 AM

Legs: 1 1/2×2. Upper rails 1 1/2×2 1/2 Lower Rail 1 1/2×1. Seat frame 1 1/2×1 1/2. Lower leg stretchers 1×1 3/4.
Laminating would work just fine… why not?

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#6 posted 06-15-2010 08:26 AM

Love the finish on some really nice walnut. Very nice.

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 05:29 PM

Those both look great! What kind of fabric is used for the square stitching “seat” part? Where did you pick that up at??

-- GX

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 07:03 PM

The plans call for Lightweight cotton webbing but I used the heavy weight. There are fewer color options if you use the heavy weight.
Ordered from the following.

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