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Nearly finished hall bench

I’m a little behind on posting updates throughout this project build (actually, I’m almost finished), but here’s a quick look at it before final sanding and finish. I’m making this Arts & Crafts hall/entryway bench from red oak for my church. We built a new addition on a few years ago, and are still finding needs for furnishings and such. This bench will go in the entryway near the coat rack. Loyal WOOD Magazine readers might recognize this bench, or at least its inspiration, from issue 145 (November 2002). The original plan was open below with a shelf and fixed seat. My bench has a hinged seat, and I enclosed the front to provide storage inside (and out of sight). Rather than doing all the joinery with screws, as in the original, I made nearly all the joints with mortises and tenons. The front panel joins the sides with a full-width stub tenon into a routed groove. And the arms I did join with screws. You can still see the plugs standing proud over those screws; I just need to trim them flush and sand. I’m hoping to have this bench done in a week or so.

Finished church bell storage closet

I forgot to post this until now, but I’m officially done with the storage closet I built in my church’s choir room to store our brass handbells and accessories. First, here’s a photo of what I started with.

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I studded up a front wall, added shelves and a floor, and three doors, as told in my last report. Since then Read more

Working for The Man, and having fun doing it

Last Saturday I began another project for my church, this time a storage closet built into a 6×12 alcove in our music room. The primary need was to have a secure place to store the brass handbells and accessories used by our church’s handbell choir. And, since I love to work with wood and have the tools…I couldn’t help but say yes. After all, Jesus was a carpenter, so working for Him is quite an honor. First up was roughing out a design based on what the church folks wanted: room at the bottom—and a double door—to slide in the heavy bell cases and tables without lifting, and shelves for cushions and smaller boxes. I was limited to just over 7 feet high because of a false ceiling and lights overhead.

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I made elliptical cutouts in the shelves so nobody bangs his head while reaching into the lower level. Read more

 
 
 
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