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Project Help #1: English Garden Bench

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Blog entry by Tooldads_apprentice posted 2169 days ago 781 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As you guys know I am building this in my shop class. I know that Norm did this project and I prchased his plans. I modified them because the Bench would be like 6 foot long! I need some help choosing a wood type. White Oak, Cypress, or Teak are some choices, but I know that Teak is very expensive. Also, does anyone have a review on the Domino? How well does it work for replacing a mortise? Well if you guys can help me out please let me know!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 2169 days ago

yes teak is very expensive. in most places its about 25 – 30$ a bf. cypress would work well. its also a ver weather resistant wood. the domino works well for mortise and tennons, but i still think for 900$ its better to just make the real thing. just my thought.

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Tooldads_apprentice

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#2 posted 2169 days ago

Well I wouldnt have to buy it my high school shop is trying to!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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oldskoolmodder

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#3 posted 2169 days ago

I second the idea for Cypress, for the same reason. Yeah, Teak is great, but way too expensive for the average person to use, unless the bench is going to be sold. Eventually, the weather will, well, weather the wood and it’ll most likely look essentially the same as Teak would down the road.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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Chris

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#4 posted 2169 days ago

Being a resident of Florida I have seen a LOT of Cypress. Both White Oak & Cypress are resist weather well. Cypress is a lot less dense therefore lighter than the Oak and your grain quite different. I like the Oak, but it would weigh a ton.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Tooldads_apprentice

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#5 posted 2169 days ago

Do you suggest a treatment on it!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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trifern

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#6 posted 2169 days ago

White oak or mahogany.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 2168 days ago

I own the Domino and it Totally ROCKS! I trust it completely to replace M&T. If you have access to one I say use it, otherwise, it takes a lot of scratch to buy one.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Tom Adamski

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#8 posted 2168 days ago

If you think the teak is expensive, wait untill you see the Domino…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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Tooldads_apprentice

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#9 posted 2168 days ago

I know the Domino is outragous! But when your high school shop may be buying it so… YEA!!!

-- Your not a true woodworker until you blow your nose and saw dust comes out! (WoodWorker Rule)

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Steve2

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#10 posted 2168 days ago

POPRT ORFOR CEDAR!! FANTASTIC material, used primarliy for decking, from Pcific Northewest.

-- Regards, Steve2

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Steve2

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#11 posted 2168 days ago

Make that Port Orford Cedar – sorry for the typo

-- Regards, Steve2

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TomK

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#12 posted 2161 days ago

I have 50 bf of cypress stickered and in final drying stages on my back porch (covered) now, will start in Sept. for a garden bench. I’ll be doing m&t, Domino plus teak = Fannie Mae bailout, don’t get me started on that…...

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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