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Comfortable Seat for Two

comments (3) October 5th, 2010 in Reader's Gallery

BetsyE Betsy Engel, contributor
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Bench by Judith Ames - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Bench by Judith Ames

Photo: Matt Kenney

This curved bench is a study in elegant simplicity. The curved seat offers a comfortable place to sit, and the construction wastes very little wood. The seat is made from two planks of wood. All it takes is two cuts at the bandsaw to rough out the scoops. The offcuts are then flipped over and glued to the underside. After the two halves are glued together, you simply shape the legs at the bandsaw, and join them to the seat with mortise-and-tenon joints.
To learn more, see Fine Woodworking issue # 215, "Comfortable Seat for Two" by Judith Ames

Design or Plan used: Judith Ames

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Comments (3)

Dekker Dekker writes: When laying out the 8 degree mortises, how do you compensate for the curved bottom of the seat? It seems it would be difficult to layout and cut the mortises from a plane that's not flat?
Posted: 1:24 am on October 19th

MKenney MKenney writes: Beau,

I don't know the specifics of how she makes them, but my guess is that she bandsaws out the curve and them smooths is. They were made from solid wood.

Good luck.
Posted: 10:01 am on December 13th

Oldbeau44 Oldbeau44 writes: Ref: Comfortable Seat for Two by Judith Ames
Smart bandsawing creates beautiful curves and saves wood.

could someone explain how Judih creates the belt sander platens with the concave and convex curves, needed to sand the band saw cuts?

What maerial, etc?

Posted: 3:39 pm on December 1st

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