Sitting Bench

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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 01-24-2007 05:43 PM 15760 views 13 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woods used: Zebrawood
Finish: Oil/Varnish Blend

This bench was really an experiment in power-carving. Using a grinder outfitted with an Arbortech blade, the long graceful curves were carved into the legs and the top. The legs were attached to the top using a large open mortise and tenon joint. To further secure the joint, two screws were driven through the tenon and into the seat top. Wenge caps cover the screw heads. All edges were eased and finessed with a cabinet-maker’s rasp.

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#1 posted 01-24-2007 05:57 PM


Wow, that zebrawood is a knockout, (in a word) fantastic. How stable is that bench?

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#2 posted 01-24-2007 06:07 PM

No longer are my projects good enough.

No way can I put the stuff on here that i was settling for before.

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#3 posted 01-24-2007 06:22 PM

Glad to see you posted some projects. They all look great.

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#4 posted 01-24-2007 06:25 PM

Great design, Very nice lines, with beautiful wood. It looks good enough to sit on with comfort.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 01-24-2007 06:27 PM

I’m sorry … work like that makes me want to scream “Get your fat ass off of that !!!!”

I can’t help it. It’s too nice to sit on.

I’m really sorry to be talkin like that, but … that’s how I feel.

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#6 posted 01-24-2007 08:48 PM


-- Marty Ohio

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Mark A. DeCou

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#7 posted 01-24-2007 09:09 PM

Very nice. This reminds me of one of David Mark’s small asian style benches he shows on his t.v. show. I like the proportions, and the details, such as the wood pegs. I did a couple of sculpted walking canes in Zebra Wood a couple of years ago, and I remember that “wet dog” smell, and how hard it was and how easily it fractured and split. Despite it’s nuiances, it is a beautiful wood in that finish. Nice Photography as well.

I’ve been contemplating the purchase of an arbortech with an angle grinder, for sculpting like what you are showing here. If you get time, you might write up a tool review of it on the Forum. I promise you, more woodworkers will find your website if you post a tool review on something as popular as the arbortech cutter that can be searched an located from search engines. And, it will be good to get a review on record from someone that uses the tool, not just gets paid to write about it.

I enjoyed seeing this project, thanks,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#8 posted 01-24-2007 09:59 PM

isn’t this beautiful!! And I’m with Obi—don’t sit on that- it’s a piece of art!!!

The lines of the wood and the lines of the seat are very mesmorizing. (as if I needed something else to keep me connected to the wood).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 01-24-2007 11:48 PM

Excellent work and love the website!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 01-25-2007 12:31 AM

I saw David Mark’s bench last week, now this beautiful bench. So Now I’ve added a bench to my project list.

Thanks, Marc. Beautiful!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 01-25-2007 01:51 AM

But it’s too nice not to sit on! (just sit very still, and don’t scratch it!)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 01-25-2007 02:12 AM

Thanks for all the kind words everyone! David’s bench was definitely the seed of inspiration that led to the design of my bench. Good eye. :)

Its actually very sturdy, partly because its just so heavy. But no one really sits on it anyway. It just hangs out in the corner of the dining room as a decorative item. Maybe I will start sitting on it while I drink my morning coffee. But where the heck do I put the laptop?

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#13 posted 01-25-2007 02:29 AM

Hey it’s yours, you’ve earned the right to park your … well, sit whereever you want. And for anyone else … Remove all objects from your pockets, remove your belt, and use this pillow and you can only sit there for a few minutes. And you must first leave a $1,000.00 deposit if you wish to sit.

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#14 posted 06-26-2007 06:48 AM

that is an awsome design i love it. good job marc. if i were to sit on that particular bench i think i would prefer to sit with my butt crack on the peak of the crevice rather then in the center hahaha. but thats just me. i recently worked with zebrawood and loved the way it looks after a naturaul finish what did you use?

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#15 posted 06-26-2007 06:09 PM

Glad this one popped up again. A very nice bench, the design as well as the wood grain. Seems you can use Zebrawood for more than just pens!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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