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Completed a pair of these benches in July 1998. This is a Thos. Moser Eastward Bench. Follow this link to see how I did at duplicating Moser's design.

My parents came for a month-long visit while I was stationed in Germany. I was only able to take two weeks off while they were with us and Dad needed something to do while I was at work. He had just retired and started turning, so I put him to work! I made the first back spindle and asked him to make 51 more just like them. He did a great job!



This bench has a slight oriental style with its beveled edges. I cut all the bevels with a hand plane. That built my confidence at what you can acheive with a sharp blade.



Planing the bevels on the back rest was a challenge, but I established guide lines and planed to them.



Each leg has a laminated brace that is mortised into the leg. This provides strength and allows the legs to flex on an uneven floor.



Close-up of the bevel profile on the back.



The 1" seat tenons come all the way through the seat and are glued and wedged to hold them in place. The 4 degree wedge provides plenty of holding power and is run cross grain to prevent splitting the seat blank.

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You have faithfully and skilfully reproduced the original bench. It looks great.
 

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great design and the fit and finish looks top notch
 

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You both did a fine job on this bench : ) What happened to the second bench ?
 

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This a Beautiful bench .You did a very fine job,I really like Thos. Moser's furniture.
 

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Read his Biography. He use to make shaker reproductions. One of the sisters in the shaker village said "It is the best form of flattery( or something like that)" He then decided to start making his own designs.

You and your dad did a great job. Hope you both signed it?
 

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very nice!!
 

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Excellent. Very nice detail, well done. Beautifil build.
 

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Beautiful Mark.
 

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Very nice design. Has a very light and airy look. Very nicely done.
 

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Beautiful piece! Very well done!
 
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