Walnut luggage bench

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Project by Girino posted 11-12-2018 01:50 AM 972 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The inspiration for this is a picture from the Krenov School gallery of recent student projects. There is a table there called “Bubbly Lake” that has the top inset between the aprons and notched leg tops, and the curved legs with aprons flush with and following the curve of the legs. I liked all those design features, especially the way the notched legs graphically bracket the top. The original had a veneered ply top. I chose to use a solid wood top with a gap in the middle to accommodate seasonal movement, stabilized by three brass registration pins between the boards, and I changed the proportions slightly to work better as a luggage bench for our guest room. Arm-R-Seal finish. I think this concept would also work well as a sofa table or hall table, or a bench in a foyer. Used as a luggage bench, the top is bound to get scratched up, but I’m OK with that. I’ll probably just ignore it, but it will also be simple to refinish the top down the line if I want to. 33”W x 16”D x 21”H.

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#1 posted 11-12-2018 02:07 AM

Man, the design is so simple and elegant. I’m really drawn to it. Yes I love walnut but the subtle shape is beautiful.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 11-12-2018 02:25 AM

Thanks. I’ll emphasize that most credit goes to the anonymous student at the Krenov School. According to The Krenov School philosophy, student projects are supposed to be 1) small, 2) simple, 3) solid wood, and 4) sweet! Which I take to mean harmonious, with no decoration, and not look like they are trying too hard to be unusual or artsy. I think one other subtle feature that attracted me was that the legs curves are vaguely anthropomorphic, like hips and thighs. And it was surprisingly easy to make, but it did take some thick stock to account for the curves. I think I would actually like it better in a lighter wood, but I happened to have some 10/4 walnut on hand so there you go.

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#3 posted 11-12-2018 02:25 AM

NIce design. WIth that line down the middle, I keep thinking it should open like doors to reveal some hidden compartment.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 11-12-2018 05:39 AM


-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#5 posted 11-12-2018 02:52 PM

that is absolutely georgeous – blame the design on whomever you want but execution of that design is just as important if not more -

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 11-14-2018 02:07 AM

Beautiful design and build. I love the book match down the middle. You did a great job with your wood selection.

-- AJ

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