A bench for Tiiler

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Project by jack1 posted 02-08-2012 06:11 AM 1971 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first grandson is still a little guy and looked like he’d like his own seat that he could not only sit on but stand on too. It’s made of red oak (my fav wood) and finished in Watson’s Danish and wax. It’s 15” tall, 28’’ long and 7” wide. I used pocket hole joinery. P.S.
I spent 4 weeks on and off trying to make a jig to dado tenons in a board at a 60 degree angle so that I could make a through mortise/dado joint for this project. All I did was make lots of boards with tear-out and re-learned words I thought I’d forgotten… The last two pics are my results.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 06:37 AM

cool little bench,to bad about the through tenons.


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#2 posted 02-08-2012 09:47 AM

I like it. I’m also surprised at the tear-out you got. The thru-tenons woulda been SO NICE.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 11:24 AM

nice bench jack

how about angling the top
of the legs first
then using a backer for the tenon cuts
move it if it gets sloopy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 12:08 PM

Cool looking bench!

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 12:43 PM

Nice looking bench. I’ll bet you are a good grandpa.

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 01:22 PM

I like it. Ya some sort of backing would help.

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 06:15 PM

That is one COOL little bench!

He will like that for years to come… even as an adult…

Great Job!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 07:10 PM

David, I think you’re onto something with cutting the edge @ 60degrees first. I did try backing but I was moving the board across the opening for the dado blades so that once the first cut was done, there was no backing…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 01:56 AM

Nice bench Jack. Grandkids, another reason to woodwork.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 02-12-2012 12:01 AM

Nice bench, Jack. One way to get around the tear out and cover the dado would be to glue on a thin solid piece on the edge after the dadoing! To make the grain match, cut the pieces off both sides before cutting the dadoes and then glue them back where they came from…...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 02-12-2012 12:25 AM

Thought of that. Might make a good treatment.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#12 posted 08-03-2012 04:52 AM


I have used Blue-tape to stop tear-out, but never tried it in oak. Definitely needs some sort of backing.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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