Modern Bench with a Danish-Cord Seat

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Project by dylanbartlett posted 02-12-2013 11:25 AM 3947 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench was the first thing I made that wasn’t a box or a cutting board.

The design is Mark Edmundson’s taken from an issue of FWW.

The bench is in cherry and constructed with mortise and tenons joinery. The armrests are joined with dowels. The seat is woven danish-cord. The weaving took me pretty much a full day, a day I don’t care to relive. I bought cheap danish L-nails and my hands paid the price. That said, this bench is strong and sturdy.

Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated.

Thanks for looking,

-Dylan Bartlett

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#1 posted 02-12-2013 12:59 PM

elegant! Well done.

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#2 posted 02-12-2013 01:08 PM

You did the weaving on that all by hand? Dude! You are amazing! Excellent job!

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#3 posted 02-12-2013 03:14 PM

I like this ,it’s a good design and build.

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#4 posted 02-12-2013 05:17 PM

Looking great!

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#5 posted 02-12-2013 06:01 PM

I have that same bench on my list of things to do… I have a copy of the plans also and just waiting for the right time to pull the trigger. Any suggestions on the nails? Any lessons learned that you want to share?

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#6 posted 02-12-2013 08:15 PM

Thanks for all the comments.


The nails I bought appeared to be hand made, and rather poorly at that. The edges were razor sharp and frequently uneven. That said, I should have spent a few minutes filing them down so they could be handled easier. I would recommend taking a few extra minutes to find more authentic L-nails, and perhaps spending a few extra dollars so you don’t get cut and then drip blood on the danish cord, which is essentially twisted paper, and, I imagine, quite difficult to get blood off of.

There are a number of videos on the weaving process for this bench ( which were very helpful. The only other thing I can think of concerns the tenons on the side weave rails. The plan calls for double tenons, one of which is only 1/4” by necessity, to allow for the front/rear weave rails. I spent quite a bit of time fitting these tenons and I imagine they could be replaced with a more substantial single tenon and doing so might give you a bit more latitude with the shape of the legs. Other than that it was pretty straightforward. Oh yeah, it is advantageous to constantly realign the cord when weaving rather than waiting until you are finished, as the cord sets and conforms rather quickly.


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#7 posted 02-14-2013 02:46 PM

Wonderful bench! Looks sturdy and well made and you got great weaving skills.


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