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Project by anthm27 posted 04-16-2020 10:46 PM 1268 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to build two bench style seats to complement a Cobb and Co wired together table that I built in 2018.
The table can be seen in my projects by clicking here

The bench seats are once again produced during Covid19 isolation on the farm and made out of the infamous bug ridden Bunya Pine Slabs.

Getting the design and comfort of these seats was probably the hardest part, Due to heavy weight solid wood I wanted them to be as small as possible whilst still making them a good solid comfortable seat to sit on. I made a template outlining the slight angle back of the seat and getting seat back angle correct. I was careful to get sizing and spacing between seat back and seat top correct.

The seats consist of 4 pieces of solid timber each. Once the members where cut out I simply shaped and sanded them with a disk grinder with rough grit sanding disks. Simple angle Iron brackets underneath to hold the seat tops down and coach screws (carriage bolt) through to the back of the seat backs, (this was tricky due to different sizes of the live edge on the vertical seat structural member.)

Last but not least The Horse Shoe handles that I cleaned up, shaped, drilled, and painted help to get the seat in and out of position and good for two people one either end when shifting the seats about. The Horse shoes where given to me by friends who own a Brahman Cattle Stud, Their place is called Rockley and is in Warialda NSW here in Australia. (thanks Tim for the Old horse shoes.)

Sorry lots of Photos of me in this one, Lovie was right by my side for most of the build and took some candid shots of the construction.

Thanks for reading.
Regards
Anthony (Dyraaba NSW)

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 04-16-2020 10:54 PM

Once again you’ve created a beautiful functional couple pieces of furniture and the horseshoe handles are a great idea.
I see the blue bench in the background
btw – what are the ankle cloths for ?

-- 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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LeeRoyMan

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#2 posted 04-16-2020 11:06 PM

Those are awesome. Look comfortable too.
Nice to have Lovie at your side.
Nice work.

My wife used to work with me all the time, but as she has gotten older it has been harder for her.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 04-16-2020 11:21 PM

They came out really nice Anthony! They look comfortable and the horse shoes are a good idea for moving them! A nice place to sit with friends and suck up some of that nice sunshine! I also loved seeing all the photos! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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anthm27

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#4 posted 04-16-2020 11:22 PM


Those are awesome. Look comfortable too.
Nice to have Lovie at your side.
Nice work.

My wife used to work with me all the time, but as she has gotten older it has been harder for her.

- LeeRoyMan

Cheers LeeRoy, Yes Its great to have Lovie Cheryl working with me, she makes the day so much more enjoyable, she is also my greatest woodwork fan, here is a pic of her oiling the bench seats , I should have posted it earlier.

Having grown up on a small corn farm in the Philippines she has a real appreciation of practice type things in the world. She absolutely loves it here on the farm. I,m a lucky man.

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#5 posted 04-16-2020 11:26 PM

OMG you built what out of that firewood?

Well considering my attempts to build “fine Furniture” out of them you have done well

Congratulations

Bloody jealous,....they turned out fantastic.
I should have brought a couple of pieces back with me!! rats!!

Dont toss the templates please !! begging!

I hope your not down to your last beer it looks lonely (like me) sitting there.

I met a nice bird a few days ago she has been singing in the yard for me ever since.

They certainly complement the C & C table
Good kick ass handles if that’s one of the screws you used I see next to them there is no chance of “throwing a shoe”

You can stop them rusting by spraying them with “Clear Cote” from SCA or maybe an Auto suppliers

Better put a bench drill on the shopping list for the W/S

Speaking of Candid shots:-

Why is there a chunk of material missing from the CAPT shirt ? did you do an impromptu Oil check on the Buggy?....just curious.

I think a 10 outta 10 is in line and maybe pull a DT3 in the process…. yippee yahooo !!!

Keep up the good work!

-- Regards Rob

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anthm27

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#6 posted 04-16-2020 11:29 PM



Once again you ve created a beautiful functional couple pieces of furniture and the horseshoe handles are a great idea.
I see the blue bench in the background
btw – what are the ankle cloths for ?

- recycle1943

Morning Dick, thanks for looking in mate, I only wish you where here on the farm so I could show you around.

Now the ankle cloths, Very interesting that you’ve asked. They are common here in Australia and basically they stop little annoying wood splinters and shavings getting down in between boots and ankles. Mainly for use with elastic sided boots that are a little open at he top. Great for when chainsawing. Having little bits of wood splinters rubbing between inside of boots and ankles get very annoying, they stop this from happening.

Thanks again
Cheers
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#7 posted 04-16-2020 11:37 PM


They came out really nice Anthony! They look comfortable and the horse shoes are a good idea for moving them! A nice place to sit with friends and suck up some of that nice sunshine! I also loved seeing all the photos! Nice work!

- woodshaver Tony C

Thanks Tony for your comments, Unlike your generosity to your Turkish Russian Neighbors this setting will stay put on my farm. I only hope you visit one day.
Cheers
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#8 posted 04-16-2020 11:45 PM



OMG you built what out of that firewood?

Well considering my attempts to build “fine Furniture” out of them you have done well

Congratulations
Dont toss the templates please !! begging!

I met a nice bird a few days ago she has been singing in the yard for me ever since.

They certainly complement the C & C table
Good kick ass handles if that s one of the screws you used I see next to them there is no chance of “throwing a shoe”

s there a chunk of material missing from the CAPT shirt ? did you do an impromptu Oil check on the Buggy?....just curious.

I think a 10 outta 10 is in line and maybe pull a DT3 in the process…. yippee yahooo !

- robscastle

Cheers Robbo for all the nice comments there mate. I only wish you (my Right hand Man) where here to have shared in this build. Thanks mate and the template is safe and sound in the workshop. Yes the Captains shirt was used for a quick oil check of the buggy, hilarious.

Nice looking Bird you met there Robbo, Cheryl hopping to find you a better one though. And I am sure she will.

Cheers
mate lets hope for an end of this Covid19 business real soon.

Regards
Your good friend Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#9 posted 04-17-2020 12:12 AM

Just came back to take a 2nd look and saw the photo of your wife oiling the benches. So I’m here again to say Nice work on the oiling Cheryl. I love the color you chose it goes so well with surrounding greenery. The smile on your face tells me your very happy with it!

I would love to come and have a cold one with you all maybe someday I will.

Cheers for now!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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jkm312

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#10 posted 04-17-2020 12:13 AM

Truly enjoyed looking thru your post and the pictures. The horseshoe handles add a very unique touch that adds to the overall vibe of the pieces.
Because you have the end grain of the bottom of the bench sides in contact with the ground, they may wick up some moisture from time to time. What I’ve done in this circumstance is thin some Titebond or similar with a bit of water and seal up the bottom edges. I just smear it around with my finger tip until it won’t take anymore glue and then a second coat on top the that. Same thing for the bottoms of the table legs.
It’s a good looking table and benches, a beer or two on the top wouldn’t hurt a thing. It’ only proper and fitting to take equal care of the top and bottom!

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#11 posted 04-17-2020 12:52 AM

Way to stay busy during this craziness! I love the benches – they have almost a church pew thing going on – reminding me of how quiet and restful it must be there on the farm…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 04-17-2020 12:55 AM

Those are brilliant antman... may I make a suggestion… with gems like these, stick to woodworking and leave the welding to the plebs… or better still, get Lovie to teach-herself/learn welding… probably do a better job (based on your self admission of your welding prowess).

Looks like there are many offers to visit you and test them out, by some of the LJ members, including me.. though my vino might overheat in the sun… If you get inundated by visitors, here's a quick tip on how to accommodate the hoard and prepare for the next batch of social isolators.

Like those horseshoe handles… put a motor on the bench, a set of grass-skis on your feet and you can roam the property in leisure… and exercise.



- robscastle

G’arn the PIES....

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 04-17-2020 02:12 AM

damn anth youve been a busy boy now that your wings are clipped,but it looks like youve made some pretty damn good use of that time to make some pretty cool benches.glad to see your keeping lovie out of trouble too.stay safe guys.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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anthm27

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#14 posted 04-17-2020 03:15 AM

Thanks gents for all the comments:

TONY Thanks again mate, yes she is Truly a good hand.

JKN312 Thanks for the comments, yes I may try that with the legs having said that it will be sitting undercover mostly and probably wont see a lot of moisture.

Mikeacg Cheers Mike, yes mate nice and peaceful here, a real difference from Hong Kong , its quite a shock to my system in fact, Hows life up in Michigan? Is it warming up a bit now?

LBD Thanks for the comments Little Black Duck , yes a sturdy set up for Vino, I hope you haven’t been on the wine this early.

Pottz Cheers Pottz, yes The Wings have been clipped in a big big way, the future is unsure. Fortunately I have other hand skills to fall back on. Lets hope it doesn’t get to that. Under the circumstances I hope all is reasonably OK in California

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 04-17-2020 05:57 AM


... I hope you haven t been on the wine this early...
- anthm27

Not early... just continuing from the night before,,, night before… night before…

Hell, exporting vino is a no-no now because of the C-19 epidemic, so we have to patronise out vineyards more than ever… Looks live I’ve been rehearsing for this epidemic for the last 50 years… who say’s I’m not patriotic.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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