Weaving Benches

"Weaving Bench #2", Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

“Weaving Bench #2”, Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

"Weaving Bench #2", Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

“Weaving Bench #2”, Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

"Weaving Bench #1", Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

“Weaving Bench #1”, Nick Milburn, 2012, Birch and Hemlock

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A set of weaving benches designed and built for use at looms by the fabric artists of SafeArt in Chelsea, VT.

This is my first real attempt at mortise and tenon joinery. With the first bench I was aiming to get the fundamentals of the design down, and confirm structural stability, given that these benches might be “worked” relatively hard, depending on the weaver. With the second bench I got a bit more artistic, added three adjustable positions for seat height, and the bench top is intended to fit somewhat loosely to allow for rocking on the slight warp of the wood.  Sanded and finished with low- toxicity polyurethane.

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