timoteo + fernandes craft adjustable portuguese bench
 
timoteo + fernandes craft adjustable portuguese bench
jun 26, 2014

timoteo + fernandes craft adjustable portuguese bench

timoteo + fernandes craft adjustable portuguese bench
all images courtesy of joão timóteo and helena fernandes

 

 

 

‘mocho’ by joão timóteo and helena fernandes is a traditional portuguese bench. two modules are constructed by a pair of vertical supports with different sized v grooves cut into their top and bottom edges. connecting their two sides are a set of horizontal joists that add stability by preventing any bending from occurring as loads are transferred towards the ground. the height of the bench and the quantity of people it carries determines the length of the tree stump.

timoteo fernandes bench adjustable portuguese
the size of the bench is determined by the amount of users and length of the tree

 

 

 

designed for scenarios where people are surrounding a campfire in the woods or enjoying a relaxing night at home by the fireplace, an included saw allows the length of the bench to be trimmed down and used as lumber to feed the flames. afterwards, the parts of the structure have the ability to perpendicularly interlock with one another, making the object easy to place in storage.

timoteo fernandes bench adjustable portuguese
a saw is included to help trim down the trunk

timoteo fernandes bench adjustable portuguese
the parts disassembled

timoteo fernandes bench adjustable portuguese
the two modules have the ability to perpendicularly interlock with one another while the saw can be placed along the exterior

 

 

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  • Ok…but you need to think further. It’s not possible to chop down a stem like that with your foot on it, you’ll get a spline desaster after some minutes, unless you aren’t a yoga-master.
    Second the base of these benches is too small, to apply enough force they need to be much more stable, if you’re talking about serious wood working and not child play stuff. Think about soft ground – you won’t use that thing in your living room.
    The saw’s neat – but you will have to strain the blade for decent sawing or it will bend under vertical load. And I’m afraid it will break soon, made of THAT wood.

    Dirk16
  • Looks really comfortable.
    Looking forward to lay my ass down on top of one of those spiky branches!
    :facepalm:

    Jay
  • In Germany we say: “Holz in den Wald tragen” – the equivalent saying is “To burn daylight”.

    Patrick
  • Real nice

    Concerned Designer
  • Just to say, with that little saw you will not get trough that big log.

    Plan Trekker

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