Backless Benches

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Project by Peter Alkema posted 11-17-2012 07:39 PM 1511 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My place of work was installing a gym and they needed some benches for the change rooms. I made 2 different lengths, (2 of each) and they are quite sturdy and simple – without backs as they go up against the wall underneath hooks and shelves so people can sit on them and hang up their belongings when they go and train.

Feedback was very positive – I think it was quite a novelty that the IT guy in the corner could do woodwork! Just in terms of the design – 3 main assemblies; the legs, the seat support and the seat itself. 2nd picture shows the legs, just a simple right angle structure and these were obviously the same for the different lengths. 3rd picture is the seat support assembly for the long version of the bench, ready to be fastened up.

4th picture is assembling the legs to the seat support, 5th picture is the total base mounted and fastened onto the underside of the seat itself and lastly just fastening down the seat all round. I added a 45 degree chamfer all round the edges and finished off with a durable terracotta paint. Last time I checked they were still there and being used – I’ve since moved to another office in the same company but will be sure to check again in the future!

Footnote: The project manager for the gym told me they had another quote for the benches which came to 10 times the cost of my material, which is all I asked for re-imbursement. It was a definite win-win – savings for the company and another chapter in my book for me ;-)

-- Just published my first book - Woodworking for Everyone -

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 07:48 PM

Happy customers can be worth a lot more than money for an individual job. Good PR can pay bills down the road. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-18-2012 01:44 PM

Well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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