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This Shaker style bench was made for a local Billings charity called the Eagle Mount Program. It's mission is to provide recreational opportunities to physically and mentally handicapped individuals.

I had several parts and material left over from building the previous benches and this was a good way to finish using them. I was certain the popularity of the bench would help it bring in some good money at the fundraising dinner and auction. I am pleased to say that it garnered $1,550 in the silent auction, this is much more than I could have donated!

I had a great opportunity to play with the WoodRat on this project.

Cutting Dovetails with the WoodRat
I love the freedom of this joint making machine. My first dovetails turned out great.

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One of the things I like to do with all of my dovetail joints is to lock them with a pin from the top and the bottom.

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I like using a contrasting wood for the pin. It is a classic detail that insures the joint will never fail.

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It was a lot of fun standing back and watching the reaction of people. They would "OOH" and "AAH" as they ran their hands over it and explored the construction of the drawers. I printed a page showing that it was handmade with progress photos and the text described the materials and design of the bench. I also talked about why I support the Eagle Mount Program.

The real fun was watching the final bidders trying to get the piece as the auction came to a close. Here I get a chance to talk to the winning bidder.

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The bench is constructed of curly cherry and features the sapwood. Many craftsman shy away from using this beautiful and natural character of the wood. In this project I made it a feature.

The dovetailed drawers use a single board for a continuous run of grain from left to right.

The finish is Sherwin Williams pre-catalyzed lacquer T77-F37. It looks and wears great.

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Very nice item. Well worth the price it gained.
 

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Beautiful work as always. I'm curious about the pin on the back upright pieces. The ones on the back rail I get, but is the single one cosmetic to pull the piece together visually or is it functional? I'm probably missing something so please forgive my ignorance. I've yet to do a chair. As always, it's wonderful to look at your craftsmanship.
 

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Nice looking bench, Todd! The drawers are a great option.
 

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Chip,

The backrest has a piece behind it that creates a right angle and fits between the legs. This prevents the backrest from bowing due to lack of support. The pins run into the ends of that piece.
 

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nice project. i always love working with a new tool! sometimes i even plan my projects around a new tool, lol!
 

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Beautiful work Todd. I love this bench.

Time for a woodrat review.
 

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Here is the short review: You gotta get one!
 

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nice job…you must feel really good when your work is valued so highly…and helping people at the same time is even better!!

beautiful craftmanship!
 

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Todd great bench and congratulations on the sale of it.

I did notice that you were looking over the top of your glass as you cut the dovetails. The safety glass don't work that way. I know I do it all the time myself.

I finally bought a pair of safety glasses and put my glasses on the shelf, to be picked up when I leave the shop.

Near sightedness causes that.
 

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You are right, I need some REAL safety glasses.
 

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Truly a beautiful bench, one more great build.
 

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Todd -

Excellent! I always enjoy your work. Congratulations on a wonderful contribution to the Eagle Mount Program! Some one did well getting this bench. I would be interested to hear what you have to say about the WoodRat.

Best Regards,
David
 

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Ahh but you did donate $1,500 worth of skill. Great story, thanks for sharing.
 

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Todd - you do beautiful work. It's always nice to be able to give to charity like that.
 

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Beautiful bench!
 

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Thanks for posting. As always, I enjoy seeing you work.
 

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Todd-

I really appreciate the shaker style, when the "wave" right now seems to be Arts and Crafts. I'm wondering if maybe I can pop a shaker end table together for my fire department's silent auction…

Well done!
 

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What a fantastic design idea for something as mundane as a bench! I love the drawers, the joinery and the choice of woods. The bench being a donation piece is icing on the cake. Congratulations on another fine project Todd!
 
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