Garden Bench will miss the deadline

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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 07-28-2009 03:51 AM 1113 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I think it’s safe to say at this point, with four days left to enter, there is no way I will ever make the deadline.
I had good intentions, but this has been a busy month, and I was at the mercy of others for the use of a band saw. Time slipped away. I will keep working on it until it is finished then sell it.

This is an original design and wanted to try to incorporate some new skills (which is also time consuming).
First I wanted to have caned backrest and seat frames that could be removed for the winter. The seat frames are also curved for comfort, which is where I needed the band saw. I am using 8/4 and 4/4 sapele.

The picture shows the frames- one backrest frame is complete the other is in the works- caning. The two seat frames need sanding, and to have cane holes drilled.


My Dad is a caner from way back when. I spent about an hour and a half with him, and he taught me everything I needed to know about caning. This is a new skill for me.

I also decided that I would like the front legs to be ball and claw, also needed a band saw for this. They are cut but not yet carved. The ankles seem a bit thin to me, haven’t decided yet what I am going to do for strength, but have a few ideas.


I am in the process of routing out the backrest for the frames to fit into.


I have two 8/4 X 20” X 40” to cut the sides from. I have some other ideas to incorporate into the sides, I want them to be one piece per side so the only hardware will be to secure the backrest and seat frame to the sides. I plan on finishing with teak oil.

That’s as far as I got with this project, I need another month or so to finish it and add fine details. Will update as things progress.

Thanks for looking,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 07-28-2009 04:01 AM

lisa ,
you have done great to here ,
take your time ,
its a new idea .
learn it well ,
in the long run ,
you will get more out of it ,
and there will always be next time .

but please keep us posted !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-28-2009 04:50 AM

it’s the thought that counts – I say post it anyways.

I thought about it myself, and decided to drop the idea, since I have too many things going on currently and in no way would I have been able to meet the deadline to present this project. I think the only real way to meet those deadlines are if you had already finished the project ahead of time- or if you are so lucky to be working on it while it is decided to use a specific project as a contest… otherwise you’d have to be in a shop 24/7 to meet a deadline for a contest from the moment it has been posted till it’s presentation time.

liket patron said – next time around. but keep us posted!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 07-28-2009 06:29 AM

That’s a bummer. It looks like it’s turning out great. Maybe you can dry assemble it and enter it unfinished. I would think that most of us could be able to judge it as if it were finished if it was assembled and we could tell what it looked like. I say enter it.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 07-28-2009 06:32 AM

a great project in spite of not making the deadline

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 07-28-2009 07:06 AM

You amaze me,, that is going to be the best bench ever,

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 07-28-2009 11:39 AM

I had thought about dry fitting and presenting. The problem is the sides need to be cut on the band saw as one piece. I don’t have a band saw, and will be working the next four days. :( That’s okay though because I am enjoying this construction, and learning a ton.

Once this bench is complete, I will be building a bar table for one of the nurses I work with. She has chestnut beams to provide for the wood. I told her once I get my band saw (Sept. 19th) I will be ready to start. She is planning on spring for the finished table.


Thanks to all for the positve comments,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 07-28-2009 02:36 PM

That should be a fine looking bench when you are done. Take your time and do it the way you want it done. I’ve rushed a few projects and regretted it later.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#8 posted 09-05-2010 02:21 PM

Hi Lisa,
Thank you for the hint, and I will with no doubt grab on to you as soon as I get startet.
Best thoughts from my heart,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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