Oak Bench

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Project by woodsman posted 07-23-2011 11:41 PM 1986 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted an oak bench in her home office that looked older and well used. I used 2 inch white oak for the top and mortised it as well. The legs are 1 inch and also received Morise work for the support spanner. The keys that hold the spanner tight are made from kingwood and add a little flare. I used a green stain and then sanded it off. This was my first time to use a color stain…stiil up in the air if I will use it again.

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#1 posted 07-24-2011 03:58 AM

Very nice! I have never used colored stain myself, but it looks like it would be fun to try. Looks like a quality piece of furniture.

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#2 posted 07-24-2011 04:44 PM

I like the design and solidness. The stain looks nice, but not sure I could bring myself to use color on nice wood like that. But that’s just me. I like the rustic look the green gives it. I’m just waiting for the right project to try colored stain. What brand did you use?

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#3 posted 07-24-2011 08:33 PM

It is minwax brand…good luck.

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 06:19 PM

Basic design is cool , but it appears to be top heavy / not to scale with the rest of the piece.
Seeing as I look at the pictures before reading the title or post , I couldn’t decide if it was a table or a bench. The thinner legs had me leaning towards it being a table , versus a bench, which usually has stronger looking legs , for support reasons.
If I was going to stain something green , it would be Poplar or Pine, as White Oak is just too nice to look at in its natural colors and the price of it around here would also prevent me from staining it.
Nice touch with the Kingwood keys : )
Keep up the good work and have a great weekend !

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