Japanese Bench

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Project by BenhamDesign posted 11-18-2018 10:03 PM 1870 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In this project I design and build a bench incorporating Japanese style architecture, as well as in lay some bow ties/butterflies along a crack I carve as a decorative feature.

Depending on how you argue the semantics of what joinery is, their are 5 or 6 different types of joinery in this project.

You can watch it be built on YouTube

Thanks For Checking out my work
Brian Benham

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#1 posted 11-18-2018 10:15 PM

Really nice work, Brian – especially the Dutchmen.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#2 posted 11-18-2018 11:50 PM

Great bench design, Brian.

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

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#3 posted 11-19-2018 01:44 AM

Thank you for a great video. I love that you built the perfect flaw and repair for the top. Brilliant! The rest is great as well.

-- Ken

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#4 posted 11-19-2018 02:35 AM

This is a great looking bench. I like the arched stretcher and that you made the inside of the crack black.

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#5 posted 11-19-2018 02:39 PM

Beautiful proportions in the design. Execution ain’t bad either. Congratulations on the impressive final product.


-- Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

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#6 posted 11-19-2018 03:09 PM

I watched the video. Really enjoyed how you created the split in the wood. Very realistic.
Well done.

-- "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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#7 posted 11-19-2018 04:20 PM

Very nice work Brian

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#8 posted 11-19-2018 04:27 PM

Great looking and well made bench Brian.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-19-2018 06:51 PM

Simply beautiful

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#10 posted 11-19-2018 07:41 PM

Well done!

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#11 posted 11-19-2018 08:09 PM

beautiful elegant bench,great design.i loved your video very well done.

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#12 posted 11-20-2018 01:05 AM

Sweet bench!

Cheers, Jim

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#13 posted 11-20-2018 02:07 PM

Magnificant design. Outstanding woodworking elements – butterfly patches made so clean. I like that bow bellow.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-20-2018 11:59 PM

Really nice bench both in design and execution. Liked the video too. You explained well how you went about the process of designing and building this project. Nice job!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#15 posted 11-22-2018 12:57 PM

Great design…a real eye catcher

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