Shaker Bench for Charity 2011 #2: The Deadline Draws Near...

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 03-04-2011 04:19 PM 5333 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Neck Deep in Woodworking... Part 2 of Shaker Bench for Charity 2011 series Part 3: Shaker Bench Completed In Time (Just Barely!) »


We are cutting this one close. The Shaker Bench for Charity is being constructed out of black walnut and it is gorgeous. But the drawback is that black walnut simply takes a bit longer to process than the cherry which all previous benches have been made of. When you multiply the extended processing time by several pieces it all starts adding up.

Newspaper Coverage

The Billings Gazette stopped out and took some photos and gave the story of our woodworking marathon for charity some coverage. Getting the story covered publicly tends to raise awareness and bring more money out of the piece at auction time. This means more operating funds for the charity we support. I also make my pieces a full contribution while many artists take a percentage or flat fee for their donated piece. Here is the story in the local paper.

A Little More Help Arrives

Another local woodworker and LumberJock member, MTBrian, arrived last night and gave us a good 3 hours of scraping and finish sanding some parts. It was much needed help. (That’s ended with PERIOD!)

It was just awesome having 3 LJ members working away in my shop together on a project for a charity. A big thanks goes to MTBrian for giving a little extra push to the project as we are working right down to the wire on this one.

Where It Stands

We started pre-finishing some of the parts at the end of the night and the overall structure will start coming together this morning. We need to get a jump on dovetailing the drawer sides which were also cut out at the end of the night. All these things just take time and at the end of the project are always the details that take the extra time so we are going to be busy!

All the action photos are at my Flickr Album if you want to see more.

Gotta get out to the shop and get something done!

Left: Todd Clippinger Middle: Brian Havens Right: MTBrian

Woodworking for Charity

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 05:20 PM

Hi Todd;

This looks like a lot of fun!

I kind of wish I lived closer, cause I would lke to play, too!

Looks like it’s coming together nicely.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 05:31 PM

Looks like fun.

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 05:53 PM

cant wait to see it done…this whole thing is great todd…tell brain i said cheers for him coming and helping…quite a thing to fly in from california into below temps and , well a long way to travel…great thing…you make all lumberjocks proud…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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John Ormsby

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 06:35 PM

Looking great guys!!!!!!!! I know you can and will do it. I also would love to be able to help on this project.

Good luck at the auction!!!!!!!!

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 06:43 PM

Todd, this sounds like you all are having a good time. It is a lot of work and you are under the gun but it is a worthy cause.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 06:51 PM

Great job guys…wish I could be there to help out and learn from the best! Can’t wait to see the finished product. Did I mention black walnut is my favorite.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 07:07 PM

Great community effort. Nice to have a team to work on the build.

Good luck on the completion. I guess you can auction off a picture and state delivery in 1 week.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 07:59 PM

Excellent job. Great to see the team effort and what a wonderful gesture. Since I am quite a bit distant from your area….I can only add my best wishes for a good price to the charity from your efforts…thank you for sharing this with us….it warms the heart knowing there are such great woodworkers in our community.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#9 posted 03-04-2011 09:40 PM

Can’t wait to see the final product. I must admit that your photos of the stockpile of black walnut simply make me jealous. Looks like it will be a real benefit to the charity, and well worth whatever price it brings. Best of luck with it.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 03-04-2011 10:59 PM

Keep it up guys. My prayers and blessings are with you.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 03-05-2011 05:22 PM

We’re proud of all of you boys and I bet that piece looks super when your done!

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#12 posted 03-05-2011 06:25 PM

It looks to me that you are having way to much fun… I saw the article in the Billings Gazette, great job…Bob

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#13 posted 03-05-2011 07:07 PM

Thanks everyone for your support & encouragement! Will do an update soon.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 03-05-2011 08:17 PM


Awesome job and I really appreciate what you and your friends are doing for your local charity. By the way, nice set of Flickr Photos. Like Druid said…... Let’s see the final product!

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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