Octagon Bench Seat

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To my dear Polish brethren of the Wood, How well you doth challenge me in seeking truth in the mathematical mystery of your mind and vision of the elusive Octagon.

This octagon window seat is made of pre finished clr. Maple plywood inside and wrapped in vgrv.1×6 and painted poplar trim. The top is made of cherry. There are 3 dust free storage areas with lids.

It was part of a whole house trim package which included cabinetry and custom builtins.

It doesn’t look like it would be that hard to build, but the outside walls were the worst I have ever seen.
The walls were all different sizes by as much as 2”, leaned out 1/2”, and the floor dropped in 1/2” over 2 ft. and pitched 3/4” from one side to the other. The 2 pc. tall base had to wrap around and tie in on the other side.

The cabinet is level and a true octagon on the inside.

I really like using 7/16 ×1 1/4” poplar door stop for shoe on a tall base. Stained (same as floor) oak shoe on white base looks cool too.

Routing a grill is always a nice touch.

A Master cabinet maker, Steve D’incognito stopped by while making the jig and showed me how to keep the small grill pcs. from exploding or chattering while routing them by leaving a 16th of an inch. Then finish cutting them out with an exacto knife. Thanks Steve.

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 05:42 PM

Nothing shows ones abilities like working in an old house that has sagged, twisted, and generally deformed for years. Nice work.

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 06:31 PM

Nice looking bench.

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 08:04 PM

Well done. Nothing like a good challenge to sharpen your skills. Way to go.


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Dan Hux

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 10:26 PM

great looking windows seats. makes me wanna tear mine out and start over..LOL, great job

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 10:30 PM

Sweet job…well done.

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 12:25 AM

Nice bench for a nice house.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 02-05-2011 03:26 PM

Dan, I hate to say it but this was a BRAND NEW 2.5 MILLION DOLLAR HOUSE.

AND….. the home owner bought the property with a house on it for 700K and tore the house down.

This reminds me of the Blog: So good, you got fired.

I bid on this job for the framing and trim. The architect uses a framing contractor (from the old country) and he had him bid on the framing as well.

The framing bid was 2000.00 more than his so the architect broke the job in two and gave the framing to him and the trim package to us.
2 grand is allot of money so I guess I can’t blame him.

But, The framing ended up being so crude: door jams were bowed and not plumb,

”What iz dis jam level you speak of? We don’t use dat in old country. You don’t know nothing. Go away now dumb American.”

Headers 1/2” too low or 2” too high, vanity and kitchen walls out of square, bottom plates sticking out 1/4” past the studs on every other one,
not a single stud was crowned (9ft. walls), studs missing in every inside corner and no corner blocks. No blocking at all.

There were several other built ins on this job too.

If you figure that I had to pay my guys to make our trim and cabinetry fit and the architect paid for all the drywall repairs after opening the walls a few times to fix things, and numerous change orders because of the bad framing, this job ended up costing us both 2000.00×2 = 4 grand.

I would have made more money if I had lowered my framing bid 2000.00

Live and learn.

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Todd Thomas

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 03:08 AM

well done!!!

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#9 posted 10-23-2011 05:32 AM

Well done.

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#10 posted 11-21-2014 07:13 PM

First great work! I really admire looking at all of your amazing work and it really inspires me to continue to get better at my hobby! My wife drools over all of your pictures and thinks about where I could do that in our house! HAHA

As for the framing. It really seems like many have lost their sense of pride in their work. I personally don’t understand how someone can deliver a product to someone else that they wouldn’t want themselves. Maybe it’s my OCD, maybe my love for my neighbor, or maybe I just have a little bit of values but I just don’t get it. I just had a house built a little over a year ago and I wasn’t able to be here for a lot of it to ensure everything was up to par. I have found so many things shortcut that I’m going to have to go back and fix that it’s unreal. Crown molding on crooked walls sucks. I had a lot of drywall repairs done under the warranty but they all look horrendous and I’m gonna have to fix them myself to get it to look the way I want. Either way great work man and continue doing what you do!

-- Hobbyist Near Augusta, GA

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