My Version of the Horton Bench

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This is my version of a project I saw on Reddit. I’ve made a couple of changes to the original: I wanted a bigger top to sit on the legs, I used a rabbet to hold the bottom rather than cleats, and a couple other minor things.

This is my 3rd woodworking project since woodshop in high school some 40 years ago so it was a bit beyond my skillset. I’ve learned so much building this including making 4 inch through-tenons and resawing and book-matching panels. Pictures of the build process can be found here.

-- Wade

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#1 posted 07-02-2019 12:49 PM

That’s a great build. As a third build ever in your life that’s exceptional. You shoulda gotten into woodworking earlier.

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#2 posted 07-02-2019 01:14 PM

That s a great build. As a third build ever in your life that s exceptional. You shoulda gotten into woodworking earlier.

- Hazem

Whooaah…3rd build? I think my third build amounted to a birdhouse that no self respecting bird would even consider as a potential home. That’s amazing!

Beautiful work!

Mighty rewarding too, ain’t it? ; )

-- Live to putter...putter to live!

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#3 posted 07-02-2019 03:00 PM

Nice work, Wade.

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

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#4 posted 07-02-2019 03:11 PM

Amazing work. I think you’re sandbagging us. Third project may arse.

This is my third project

Mine is sad!

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#5 posted 07-02-2019 03:59 PM

WOW, this is gorgeous! Third project…seems dubious. Nice work though.

-- Sawdust makes me whole --Mike in STL

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#6 posted 07-02-2019 05:03 PM

Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the kudos.

Third project SINCE high school. Each project has been a huge step beyond than the last. This one was way, WAY harder than I thought it would be and, several times, I was inches from ‘screw it, I’m done!’. This took me a long time and much of it was very much like the keystone cops. I learned to love YouTube and LumberJocks. I eventually figured out that a dedicated mortiser would be a lifesaver. I tried three different ways of cutting the grooves to receive the panels. And we’re not going to discuss how much replacement wood I bought…

-- Wade

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 07-02-2019 06:22 PM

Like the others said. Great build for 3rd project! I built an arts and crafts style bench you can view in my projects.
Your looks like white oak.
I had to build mine from red oak because the cabinets in our laundry room are red.
I know the challenge of making that arch on the bottom piece.

Great design.

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 07-02-2019 07:08 PM

Thanks, James! You’ve got some really nice work, yourself. Those laundry room cabinets are amazing.

I can’t take credit for the design—I copied it off of another piece :).

The arch wasn’t too tricky but it was a little work. I made a template from a piece of cardboard. I measured it up and folded it in half so that the result would be symmetrical. I made a curve by bending a 3/16” thick (give or take) piece of oak until the line was pretty and clamped it in place (making sure that the curve was square with the fold). I scribed a line on the folded cardboard, cut the curve, and unfolded it. Transfer the line to the final piece, band saw, spindle sander, and Bob’s your Uncle. Took me a few weeks to figure out this method. There’s probably a better way but this worked OK for me.

-- Wade

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James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 07-02-2019 07:45 PM

I also like the the angled legs. I wish I could have incorporated those into my design but couldn’t because of the ends of the bench design.

I use a seminar technique when making an arch. I use a long 1/4” piece of hardwood, usually scribe molding, put it in a pipe or parrell clamp tighten the clamp untill it’s at the correct curve, then trace it onto the work piece.

The over hang on your top looks much better than the original you copied it from.
Congratulations on you top 3 award.

-- James E McIntyre

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#10 posted 07-03-2019 12:34 AM

Wade , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 07-03-2019 11:46 AM

Love this!

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#12 posted 07-03-2019 02:09 PM

Very nice!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#13 posted 07-03-2019 03:28 PM

Looks like a great job on the build, congrats on your 3.

I enjoyed your pic post.

-- Think safe, be safe

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