Prayer Bench - Amber Waves of Grain

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Project by Function posted 08-04-2013 07:47 PM 2623 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you’ve ever tried meditation, or you are inclined towards long periods of prayer, this might be a project for you to look into.
It’s a prayer bench, or a meditation bench for my purposes, built out of highly figured Okoume wood, from Africa. The wood cost a pretty penny, but I’ve never seen it before, and I think it was worth every dime.

The construction is very simple. I used hinges on the legs so that the bench can be folded up and fit into a backpack for hiking purposes. Okoume is also a very lightweight wood, so that’s a plus for this project. The legs are cut at a slight angle to help with the alignment of the spine during meditation. I’ve sat on this baby for over an hour without even a hint of physical discomfort.

The top is 21 inches long, the legs are 7 inches long on the long end. They are cut at about a 5-10 degree angle, I’m not sure, I just eye-balled it. It is finished with several coats of spray-on poly (gloss).
The figuring in this wood is still unreal to me. Pictures don’t do it justice; the way it shifts and changes is indescribable.

Thanks for looking, I’m excited to hear your responses!

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 07:51 PM

I thought it was “Flame Birch” until reading your post. Nice job : )

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 01:24 AM

Really nice. That grain is totally fluid. Simple, functional design. Well done.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#3 posted 08-05-2013 09:54 PM

Incredible wood! Neat design too.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#4 posted 08-08-2013 01:49 PM

Cool meditation bench! The grains on your wood look amazing.

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