Entry Way Bench

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Project by AKSteve posted 06-12-2012 04:59 AM 2463 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally Finished the Bench, this is my first piece of furniture that I have built from the ground up, I got the idea from a bench I found on the internet, instead of using pins I used thru mortise and Tenon for both the legs and the braces, you can see the thru tenons on the beams, all fo the Tenons were keyed with Wenge and the Legs and Beams aret Jatoba and the bench is curly Maple, sorry the indoor pics didn’t turn out to good but you can see some of the curly maple on the bench, I used Tea to stain the whole project and put two coats of Teak oil and about 5 coats of Wax on top of that, it’s got a really nice satin finish to it. anyway I am kinda glad the pictures are a little blurry, I did everything by Hand so there are plenty of mistakes but hey that what makes this project what it is. I will be entering this into Alaska Fair along with another piece for and entry way table that I have drawn up with models to go by. Can’t wait.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 05:30 AM

Steve that is one beautiful bench ,almost look like the top is floating.that curly maple on the dark wood is awesome. pic are good kept looking for a bear r something in those back woods :). great build

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 05:51 AM

A fine looking bench. I like the way the top sits on it. Good choice on wood selection too.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 09:08 AM

Awesome looking bench Steve, lovely lines and great colour combination.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 09:21 AM

Nice bench Steve. I like the design and the contrasting woods…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 11:52 AM

Great looking bench Steve – the choice of materials is excellent – but also very challenging, as you are well aware! How did you get along with the Jatoba? Pretty hard stuff huh?

Is that a grizzly bear hiding in the woods? Be careful man.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 11:55 AM

AWESOME bench Steve! Like our buddy Box, I too like the design and contrasting woods. Going by my various projects I really like contrasting woods.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#7 posted 06-12-2012 12:30 PM

oh man that jatoba is a “Bear” LOL I had to resharpen all of my blades after using that wood. your right about being careful, we had someone get Mauled two days ago by a Grizzly down by bird creek. they always get a little brave this time of year just coming out of hibernation, they are pretty hungry.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#8 posted 06-12-2012 09:20 PM

Excellent work – like many others, I love the floating seat. Well done!

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#9 posted 06-12-2012 10:48 PM

Love the design & execution of this bench. Looks fantastic.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#10 posted 06-13-2012 03:19 AM

Floating top bench.
Very attractive, an eye catcher

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 06-19-2012 03:05 PM

very nice.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#12 posted 10-13-2013 02:32 PM

Wonderful bench

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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