Danish cord entry bench

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Project by harum posted 10-22-2018 06:51 PM 3212 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a two-sitter entry bench with a seat made of Danish cord. I borrowed the idea from projects posted here on LJ, mostly this one. The weaving technique, materials, tools and patterns are explained in this great video by Ed Hammond. His tutorial seems to be the only one that covers the entire process in great details in pretty much real time, which saved me from making a lot of mistakes. He has also answered my questions, too. Thank you Ed!

The bench is made of 1” cherry from a salvage yard that specializes in reusable building and landscaping materials. The dimensions: 48” L x 14-1/2” D x 18-1/2” H; the seat itself is 14-1/2” by 39”. A great help with getting the right/comfortable dimensions was the mock prototype shown in one of the photos. All the joinery is loose tenons glued with S3 T-88 epoxy. Sanded to Grit 220 and finished with five coats of GF Arm-R-Seal with Grit 600 wet sanding between coats. Acceptable load according to the Sagulator is 400 lbs; however, this estimate doesn’t say anything about how strong the joints are—only the seat frame.

The space above each shelf is 5”, which should be enough for storing shoes. The woven seat flexes a bit under the weight but is pretty hard and tight which I believe makes it a good alternative to a flat all-wood seat. Will see how it it responds to daily wear and tear.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#1 posted 10-22-2018 07:54 PM

Looks really nice….............but I have to believe my fat butt would break it. I typically avoid furniture like this knowing it is more about form and look versus function. :)

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 10-22-2018 08:16 PM

:) Yes, hard to tell how this bench responds to racking, rocking, plopping down by a heavy person. However, I believe the joinery and lumber doesn’t feel weaker than in a typical chair or the chairs I see in a local coffee shop. I guess time will tell!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#3 posted 10-22-2018 09:51 PM

love it,your weave is beautiful and that frame looks solid enough for just about anyone to sit on.should hold up well,great job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 10-22-2018 09:53 PM

Beautiful work and details.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#5 posted 10-23-2018 01:26 AM

Very nice combination of wood, design and chord.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-23-2018 03:19 AM

This is really beautiful. Every aspect of it. Thanks for all the detail you provided. If my skills improve, i’d like to try my hand at this!

-- Lefty

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#7 posted 10-23-2018 05:03 AM

Incredible good looking oriental design. I like combination of wood and rope.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 10-23-2018 11:08 AM

I have a particular fondness for projects that excel in both form and function. You nailed both with this project. Thanks for sharing!

-- Ben, aka Wooly Woodworks, Instagram: @woolywoodworks.

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#9 posted 10-23-2018 04:00 PM

This would also make a very nice luggage bench in a guest room.

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#10 posted 10-23-2018 04:44 PM

Beautiful craftsman’s ship! I would estimate 5 to 6 hundred pounds static no problem! The bigger the butt the better the distribution of weight!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#11 posted 10-24-2018 03:24 PM

Thank you all for the kind words! Thank you David for sharing your project. LJ community has always been a tremendous help. I got a lot of useful tips when I was designing the joinery and planning glue-up.

This is my first project where I had to worry about the strength of the joinery under the shifting, rocking and racking weight of an unsuspecting person.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#12 posted 10-24-2018 04:53 PM

Beautiful work all around. Very attractive piece and fine workmanship. Just recently watched a young Japanese craftsman named Isitani build some danish cord chairs. Quite masterful and enjoyable to watch. I think I will be attempting something similar in the near future. Thanks for posting – well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#13 posted 05-07-2019 04:29 PM

Very cool and interesting. Love the design.

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#14 posted 07-06-2020 03:17 PM

Well, as an update, just wanted to say that the bench has been holding up great—no issues whatsoever. After a couple of seasons, the joinery is as tight and solid as it should be, and the danish cord seats look new, no wear and tear.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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