Modern Bench II

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Project by dylanbartlett posted 03-05-2013 08:18 PM 1471 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt at a bench with a woven danish cord seat. It is one of my first attempts at furniture design.

The bench is made of mahogany with macassar ebony armrests and finished with tung oil. All joints are mortise and tenon.

Aside from the front and rear support rails all the pieces were shaped from 4 foot lengths of 1.5” x 1.5” mahogany that my father had lying around the basement for some time. Squaring them proved somewhat difficult and the back right leg still has a slight twist that presented a number of problems throughout the assembly process. As the bench is a prototype of sorts, and having very little mahogany stock to work with from the outset while also wanting to maintain maximal dimensions for aesthetic purpose, I was willing to work around this slight twist and was eventually able to make it come together.

As usual, right before glue up I dropped one of the legs and, also as usual, it crashed to the one part of the floor without matting and, again as usual, it hit on the one part of the leg most likely to leave a noticeable chip. Thanks Murphy.

Thanks for looking


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#1 posted 03-06-2013 03:38 AM

Murphy, however, doesn’t have anything to say about the good looks of this piece. The mahogany grain on the leg shown in pic 2 is truly remarkable.
Nice work, fine weaving and good photography. Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 10:24 AM

Great job! Does the seat frame have internal support? It seems this much weaving would tend to pull / bend the long rails together.

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#3 posted 03-06-2013 04:56 PM

Thanks for the comments Gene and Viktor,


There are two auxiliary stretchers in between the front and rear mahogany support rails while the front and rear weave rails are fastened to these support rails with two #8 screws in both the front and the rear to counter the problems you mentioned; the long weave rails would almost certainly bend without them, at least initially, because of the weaving.


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#4 posted 03-08-2013 02:38 PM

Turned out really great. Like the design, wood choice, joinery and specially the woven seat. Great job!

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