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Small Bench Design Tweaks Complete

Posted on June 26th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. No Comments

I made some design tweaks to the 10 Degree Bench last night. Here are some images showing how it turned out. I’m pleased with the changes and will begin moving on to cleaning up the parts (plane and sand) and starting the assembly process.

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Furniture Design Hurdles: The Headbangers

Posted on June 25th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. No Comments

My good friend Jeff Miller (furniture craftsman and teacher) has always been good at demystifying the furniture design process. Granted, there are some who can visualize ideas and execute better than others, but at some point, regardless of your skill set, you have to simply take the plunge.

So has been the case with my latest project, the 10 Degree Bench. It’s evolved somewhat from a very heavy, less than elegant original prototype, to something that is beginning to have a reasonably successful theme and aesthetic using a 10 degree angle. With all of the parts cut to their basic dimensions … Read More »


Ten Degrees of Bench Building

Posted on June 20th, by Andy Brownell in Design, Projects. No Comments

After a few weekends out of town and my time in the shop kept to a minimum, I finally had some shop time this week to really make some progress on my latest original design. Working from the 1:5 scale mock-up has really made the process go smoothly. I definitely see more small scale mock-ups in my future as a key part in building my design chops.

The ten degree angle is a repeated design element on this bench. The tenon shoulders, leg tapers and even the exposed end-grain elements on most of the vertical parts carry a common ten degree … Read More »