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Blog entry by davinci posted 03-08-2012 07:29 PM 6605 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My woods focus, in between a multitude of other projects, for the last three years has been refining the design and quality of one style of outdoor garden bench. I have made and sold several to friends and several more from commissions, each one has a small design improvement over the previous. I’ve been building them from treated lumber and am now considering also making them in another wood. These are sculptures you can sit on. Dry sanded to 320, wet sanded with Teak oil to 600.

My wife’s strong suggestion that I make some for our own patio and fire pit has me thinking about making my next pair from white oak.

-- In retirement . . . Every day is Saturday and every night is Friday night. Life is excellent !

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 08:00 PM


How about some photos of your benches. With your art background, they should be beautiful. I make a lot of rustic slab benches to use up some beautiful wood that otherwise would be wasted. So far I’ve not made any for outdoor use, but if I was going to, I’d make them from white cedar, eastern red cedar white oak, or black locust. I’ve got two big locust logs and I may saw them into 2” slabs and see how a bench looks next to the sawmill. So far, I’ve just sat on a log when I need a rest….

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 08:30 PM

Welcome to Ljs

There is a saying here – “if you don’t post a picture, it didn’t happen!” It is all in jest but it is hard to comment without seeing it or them. We would like to see what you are doing, sounds really nice. I made a bench using left over cedar fencing – in my projects. The folks here will give you many ideas and suggestions and the skill sets include the novice to the extremely skilled craftsmen and craftswomen.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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