Judges Benches for Court House

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Project by JustplaneJeff posted 11-18-2018 01:18 PM 1383 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in July I was ask to build 2 Judges Benches and 2 witness boxes for our Court House that is at the end of a 6 year remodeling project. They wanted to be in the style of the benches original to the building which was built in 1872. After some searching at the historical society archives, found a couple old pictures and was able to build these. They are made with quarter sawn white oak, with egg and dart molding and half fluted columns. Except for the egg and dart, and oak leaf embossed moldings, every thing was made and finished in my shop. Had a rededication ceremony and open house this past Thursday, and they were very well received. Kinda cool to be part of our county history now. Thanks for looking, Jeff

-- JustplaneJeff

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#1 posted 11-18-2018 01:29 PM

Very well done

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#2 posted 11-18-2018 03:00 PM

Love it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 11-18-2018 03:00 PM

Looks GREAT….I just hope to see these as a VISITOR….may walk over and take a look….sometime.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 11-18-2018 03:04 PM

Blows my mind – judges benches. WOW, I love them.
I’ve refinished one, back in the 80’s, never thought of anyone building one, less alone two.
Absolutely fantastic job.
You did a unreal job on that fluting on the columns. Just great and makes them pop.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 11-18-2018 03:22 PM

nice fascias, did you finish the judges side? I see raw wood on the inside in the shots, so I don’t know if the judge has as nice a finish on the inside. Also did you put flooring on the raised floor?

Nice job what I see.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 11-18-2018 04:05 PM

beautiful work

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 11-18-2018 05:58 PM

Very well done. I hope you did receive ample compensation for the amount of time that project involved.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 11-18-2018 06:06 PM

Wowsers, what an achievement on these! Stunning. Nuff-said :)

-- 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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#9 posted 11-18-2018 06:07 PM

Nice work, great commission!
They look like they were a lot of fun to build.

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#10 posted 11-18-2018 06:51 PM

The insides of the benches did get panels installed. These pictures were taken just prior putting them in. Flooring company laid floor after I was done with my part. And yes they were fun to build but took up a lot of room in my shop. Glad they are done and gone, on to 8 tables they also want.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#11 posted 11-18-2018 08:00 PM


-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#12 posted 11-19-2018 01:15 AM

Beautiful, excellent work which will be around for the next 100 years I am certain.

-- Jim

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#13 posted 11-19-2018 12:49 PM

That is beautiful work. Great job.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#14 posted 11-20-2018 03:14 PM

WORKING FOR THE ENEMY! j/k these are awesome you did a great job!

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