Monks bench or Settle

This is a project that evolved as I progressed through the stages of building it.   

The original concept came when we saw an antique monks bench, that looked something like this:

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And then someone gave me an entire kitchen-full of solid oak cupboard door-fronts.

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There followed many hours of scraping, to remove all the modern varnish and stain.   The curved mouldings were particularly challenging.   This took me several weeks, and seemed never-ending.

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Until eventually I had a big pile of nice clean oak panels.

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I chose three doors to make the front of the settle, and joined them together using tongue and groove joints.

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And then formed them into a box with other panels and some sturdy oak corner-posts. The top from an old coffee table provided a good solid bottom for the box.

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My wife decided she didn't want arms on it, which meant it was impractical to have a high backrest, so I found some nicely moulded oak edging and made it into a low upstand. 

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I had a very old elm kitchen tabletop waiting for a purpose, and one half of it made a very good lid.   It even had some nice curved moulding around three edges, that worked very well with the design.

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And now the final shape is emerging.

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Some wrought-iron hinges and a few coats of polish, and voila!

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