Cherry and Ash Bench

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Project by Dominic posted 01-06-2012 05:01 AM 1527 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a copy of the Thos Moser shaker style Deacon’s bench. Cherry seat and back splat, ash spindles and legs. Twenty-three back spindles and six legs took a long time to turn, especially when the spindles are 1/2” thick and I do not have a spindle steady. Legs are splayed at 10 degrees, as is the seat back. Legs are braced with laminated ash strips cold bent around a form – lots of strength. Seat was scooped by first tracing the profile on the end of the board and making passes with the router along the length of the board to get close to the line. Feet are tipped with leather pads, glues on and then sanded flush with legs like the tip of a pool cue. Finished with three coats of tung oil and then waxed.

-- Dominic P.- Duxbury MA

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 05:16 AM

I really like Thos. Moser’s designs, this is a very nice copy.

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 05:18 AM

Great bench. I like the seat profile shape. The bent legs braces are a nice design touch (as well as adding strength). Great work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 05:35 AM

Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing it.

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#4 posted 01-25-2014 12:29 PM

What a lovely bench! And nicely executed. Did not know Moser and have spent the last 1/2 hour browsing his website ang gathering inspiration.
The back resst looks like it will be a bit wobbly with only the thin sticks holding it in a straight line. Does it wobble?

Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 01-25-2014 05:24 PM

Thank you for the compliment. I really like the Moser style. The back rest flexes about 1/4” when leaned against; if I were making then bench again, I’d make the spindles about 1/8” thicker.

-- Dominic P.- Duxbury MA

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