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Jerry Norbury

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Building a bonsai bench. Here's how...
« on: July 12, 2009, 05:44 AM »
I've been talking of building a real bonsai bench for years and recently I finally got around to doing it.

I have to admit that watching people like Al Keppler building these beautiful wood structures and stands finally convinced me I should do it. I thought for a long time that I would need to get someone to make iot for me - since I have no discernable woodworking skills to speak of. I had no decent tools either, other than a drill... I simply figured it would be too expensive to have someone else do it so I'd have to do it myself.

Anyway to cut a long story short - after I had designed it (ahem, which only took 3 years...) I built the first one in a weekend and the second one in 5 hours.

Here's the slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norbury/sets/72157617697509234/show/

Here's the photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norbury/sets/72157617697509234/

For anyone REALLY interested - I have the Google Sketchup design sources AND I've written assembly instructions. (For a US based carpenter who plans to build them commercially).

Jerry
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Re: Building a bonsai bench. Here's how...
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009, 12:16 PM »
Jerry,
The links aren't working for me. :(  I would love to see your bench.
 

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Re: Building a bonsai bench. Here's how...
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009, 01:47 PM »
I'm certain they work - I've tried it before etc.

Do you see this photo? - It's on the same site...:



Here's a link to all my bonsai photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/norbury/collections/72157606995095327/
 

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Re: Building a bonsai bench. Here's how...
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2009, 01:57 PM »
Welcome to the Bonsai Study Group.  Please take a moment to read the Welcome thread.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2009, 02:01 PM »
Welcome to the Bonsai Study Group.  Please take a moment to read the Welcome thread.

If you have images to share with your post we ask that you upload them here. Ideally we want users to upload their photos here for discussion, as often external links and embedded photos become broken as images and other files are removed or URLs change.  Additionally, images posted here are hidden from guests, encouraging visitors to register for the site and contribute to the community.  You can still embed uploaded images within your post using Bulletin Board Code and the uploaded image URL.  If you need a reference please visit the help section of this site. If you need further assistance please feel free to post your question to the forum feedback section.

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Automated reply I assume?
 

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2009, 02:05 PM »
Jerry,
Not an automated reply, just a response that is necessarily repeated with most new members. We appreciate your presence here and hope you will join us fully in archiving information.
 

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2009, 03:02 PM »
It is very attractive.  Do you have trouble watering the small plants under the top shelf?
 

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2009, 03:08 PM »
I don't put plants underneath - it's merely storage space for unused pots and stones.
 

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2009, 10:52 AM »
Thanks for sharing Jeremy - very nice pictures.
 

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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2009, 11:24 AM »
I don't put plants underneath - it's merely storage space for unused pots and stones.

Oh yes, I see that now.  Good idea.
 

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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2009, 12:22 PM »
Not viewing stones - just the stuff I put under trees and in plantings...
 

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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2009, 09:08 PM »
Well done, Jeremy! Both the bench and the slideshow were put together very nicely.  Vic
 

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« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2009, 12:51 PM »
WOW!!!! Loved the slideshow of the build. Amazing work. Beautiful trees. Very inspirational!!
 

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« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2009, 12:55 PM »
Thanks all - your kind comments are well received.

Shows what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.
 

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Re: Building a bonsai bench. Here's how...
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2009, 09:39 AM »
Yeah, good post and good documentation of your work.