Meditation Bench

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Project by Mark posted 04-21-2013 09:17 PM 2200 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench was requested by my daughter-in-law as a “time out” seat for my grand kids. I prefer to call it a “meditation bench” where they can reflect on their latest miss direction. I had been putting this off because my main passion is woodturning on a lathe but after a recent disappointment on while turning (nearly completed vase blew apart) I felt like doing my first flat board project (going to what I call ” the dark side” for a day).

I had a board glued together that I was going to turn as a platter or could have been used for a cutting board that I decided to use as the seat. I made the frame from what I believe is white oak that had some nice figure in it. This project is 12” H x 11” W. I used Danish oil as a finish, end grain really soaking it up. Final finish I may use wipe-on poly (is this the right coating for something like this?) You guy’s are welcome to give me advise on what I could have done to improve this piece.

I did enjoy the project and learned a few things in the process.

1. Need more clamps! It sure takes a few on this flat board stuff.
2. Should have taken more time in marking out the dowel holes, to make them more uniform in spacing.
3. First time at using a wood burning tool, it is a slower process than I anticipated. I learned to pick the tip up for a few seconds to let it reheat up and move the tool slow.
4. Flat board work (the dark side) can be enjoyable and got my mind off of my latest vase that is now firewood (see pic #6) well the light is calling me back to my lathe for now but I will try more flat /square stuff in the future.

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 09:28 PM

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 09:52 PM

Good job on the seat. Something for the grandkids to remember.

Bad deal on the vase.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 11:16 PM

I like the look of this a lot!

It looks very sturdy. Very Nice!

-- Derec

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 11:22 PM

Nice job on that bench, Mark. It looks to be very strong!!..........Jim

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

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#5 posted 04-22-2013 12:13 AM

Great looking “time out” bench, good work on the “dark side”. The pegs look good, there’s no law that says they need to be perfectly aligned.
As for this “meditation bench”, convince your daughter-in-law that it should be kept at your house, and I guarantee it will not get much use, cause as we all know: grandchildren never do anything wrong.
I wouldn’t change any of the design, looks very stable and strong. Welcome to the Dark Side, and get more clamps.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 04-22-2013 12:31 AM

Looks like you needed some time out yourself after that turning incident and ride the bench .
Great job on the bench ,looks good and who says it has to be perfect in every way .
Now back to the light side now that you have a taste of the flat wood world .

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 04-22-2013 01:36 AM

Wild looking bench Mark. Looks well constructed. Should last forever.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 04-22-2013 03:10 AM

yes the bench will hold even my 200 lbs. I assume someone will use it as a step stool from time to time so I made it stout. My grandson Jackson is going to be a big boy but I hope he does not spend too much time on it. They are all good kids and I hope they like it.

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#9 posted 04-22-2013 11:52 AM

Nice bench. But geeze, I dont remember ever being served a Coke when I was made to sit in the time-out chair as a lad :-)

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#10 posted 04-22-2013 02:11 PM

Beautiful! It looks like a cutting board grew legs! The ray fleck on that oak is awesome too. I imagine that it will hold a heck of a load.

I always thought that turning was the “dark-side”, haha! I have only ever turned a bowl and a fish club with my grandpa and my vise handles on a friends lathe.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#11 posted 04-22-2013 07:55 PM

Joe, I put the Coke can in the pick for a size reference.

grant, come over to the bright side of things that seen to turn out round all of the time. And yes it could have been a cutting board but I tend see things in a different light.

thanks for the comments

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#12 posted 04-24-2013 02:56 PM

Great idea on a good looking and unique bench. Looks really solid and like the wood colors. Great job!

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#13 posted 05-08-2013 03:20 PM

Hey Mark sorry to hear about the vase but fantastic bench… Very cool looking… Look forward to attaining a lathe and giving that a try… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#14 posted 05-08-2013 04:17 PM

Back when my aunts and uncles were young their parents sent them out back to sit on the meditation bench in the out house to think about something bad they had done. They were told to not stop thinking about it until they came out there to fetch ‘em. Occasionally the parents would unintentionally forget that they had sent them out there so they would get a whole lot more meditation in when those incidences happened.

You did a nice job on that bench. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 05-11-2013 10:25 AM

funny story. helluvawreck !

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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