The 5 Stitch Walnut Bench

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Project by WoodWasterd posted 07-11-2019 10:04 PM 843 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

the neighbor girl got married in December. poor advance planning led to our family’s wedding gift being delivered 6 months late.

the waterfall mitered legs attach with double rows of six 10×24 dominos. i hope they hold. potential for lots of torque.

butterflies were cut 1/2” deep in walnut with a pattern guided router bit. hard quartersawn maple butterflies cut using same pattern. dimensions 51” x 16” x 12.75×3” (l x h x w x t – just barely slid through my DW735). finished with 4 applications of danish oil (watco) followed by 4 applications of deft satin spray poly followed by wax.

one regret. should have held the round over bit back from the butterflies. i think it would look better without the rounded ‘waist’ on the butterflies.

the stitches are the result of a sudden interaction with just sharpened 1/2” chisel while removing hardened glue squeeze out. lesson learned – don’t rely on hands as hold downs. not the first visit to ER and likely not the last. that finger and much more are covered with ‘repurposed’ skin grafts after an industrial accident a few yrs ago.

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#1 posted 07-11-2019 10:23 PM

Very nice looking table.

Not so nice looking finger!!!

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

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#2 posted 07-11-2019 10:37 PM

Cool looking bench with an interesting design. I was wondering why it was called a 5 stitch bench when there is clearly more than 5 connections stitching the 2 boards together. Hope your finger heals quickly.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 07-11-2019 11:52 PM

Man, I am slow! I didn’t get the 5 stitch title until I read the comments. Very nice bench design!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 07-11-2019 11:54 PM

beautiful table and love the wood design.looks like making it cost a little pain though,whats the story behind that,you cant show and not tell ? great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 07-12-2019 12:57 AM

1. Very nice bench!

2. Chisel + butterflies + finger => stiches + scar

3. Most men have at least one scar on the left index finger, welcome to the club ))

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#6 posted 07-12-2019 02:51 AM

Great looking bench! And I agree with Pottz, no fair not telling how you got the five stitches ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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

Love it. I often leave dna on a project.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 07-12-2019 01:30 PM

hahahaha “potential for lots of torque”....i really hope you’re implying that it’s a sex bench! would mentioning the really great crotch figure push this comment overboard?

-- Mike, Florida

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#9 posted 07-12-2019 02:35 PM

Beautiful bench!

That finger looks like it has been through a few battles.

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#10 posted 07-12-2019 03:08 PM

Magnificant work with those patches. Realy looks good!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 07-12-2019 03:24 PM

Unique and beautiful table

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#12 posted 07-12-2019 06:36 PM

Very interesting application of butterfly inlays. I may use the concept on some other projects. I think I will use a router….chisels are dangerous LOL.

The chiseled finger. Been there and done that but to the heal of my left hand. That was 40 years ago and hasn’t happened again. I learned the lesson well.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Ron Stewart

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#13 posted 07-13-2019 12:06 AM

That’s a gorgeous bench. The design with the center gap and butterflies is very appealing, and the finish is beautiful.

Sorry you had to suffer for your art. That looks like a painful injury.

-- Ron Stewart

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#14 posted 07-13-2019 12:26 AM

hey were still waiting for an explanation for the stiches? this aint going away my friend,fess up!this is lumber jocks we don’t let anything slide-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 07-14-2019 11:45 AM

That s a very good looking and unique bench. They will love it!!

Nice design and build!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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