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Garden Bench with Table #1: Sketchup plans

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Blog entry by Greg Wurst posted 06-24-2008 07:28 PM 35184 reads 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I really liked a garden bench posted by steveosshop and decided to design one myself so I didn’t have to buy the plans:

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So, after getting some rough dimensions from other benches and eyeballing his project I came-up with the following design:

Much the same as the original, it’s built with 2×4 and 2×8 lumber and 1×4 pine. Construction is butt joints and dowels, but you could make it mortise and tenon or screw and glue if you wanted.

I wasn’t happy with what I felt was a lack of support across the middle of the bench, so I redesigned the back to incorporate a couple more legs for added support.

I then saved the file under another name and started exploding the parts to get some dimensions.

Most of the roundovers are 1 1/2” radius. The seat curve has a 3/4” radius and the rear or the seat slants at a 7 degree angle.

With the dimensions I created a material list and cutting diagram.

Wood needed is just 6 2×4x8’s, 2 2×8x8’s, and 2 1×6x8’s. You could also just use 4 1×3x8’s and not have to cut to width.

If you would like the Sketchup files and Excel material list you can get them here:

http://cid-258899c12334cc4d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Garden%20Bench?uc=4

I just finished a coffee table and am currently “forbidden” to start another project for a couple weeks at least. As such, I’m not sure when I’ll get to start building this but hopefully soon. Thanks for looking!

Greg

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



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 06-24-2008 07:50 PM

You guys with the Sketchup skills make me deeply jealous.

Nice job – and so fast!

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

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Greg Wurst

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#2 posted 06-24-2008 08:05 PM

Hey, I’ll trade you skills if you want! ;)

The nice thing about Sketchup is everything comes-out perfect. If my woodworking skills would only match I’d be in good shape. :)

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

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teenagewoodworker

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#3 posted 06-24-2008 08:21 PM

sketchup is so awesome (if you know how to use it which i don’t). you’ve got a great start here! thanks for the post!

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TedM

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#4 posted 06-24-2008 11:00 PM

Greg, thanks for the Sketchup!

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Seer

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#5 posted 06-24-2008 11:57 PM

That is just what I have been looking for thanks for the info. I use Cad and I will see if I can put it in that also.

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#6 posted 06-25-2008 12:26 AM

Greg,

This is a nice looking design. You have a good start on this piece. It is a shame that you have to wait 2 weeks to start it but it will be worth the wait.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 04:06 AM

Nice Sketchup work! I like the 3D cutlist.

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JasonH

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#8 posted 06-25-2008 04:11 AM

Favorited! Thanks for the work you put into this. I made the mistake of showing my wife, and now it’s on my to-do list.

-- Living on the square...

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Greg Wurst

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#9 posted 06-25-2008 04:29 AM

I put it together this morning in about 4 hours. I love building stuff in Sketchup. I’m starting to get pretty good at it.

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

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 06-25-2008 04:42 AM

Is your background in computers?

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

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Greg Wurst

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#11 posted 06-25-2008 04:48 AM

Yeah, I’ve been playing with PC’s since I was 10. I run the computer system in the school system I work in. I always like computers because my handwriting stinks and I can’t even draw a conclusion. Computers let me express my creativity without the ability to draw a straight line. :)

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

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Greg Wurst

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#12 posted 06-25-2008 12:48 PM

I made a slight boo-boo with the material list and cutting diagram. I forgot the inside seat bases were 1” longer to meet the front rail. You can see the difference here:

I updated the material list and cutting diagram, so you may want to download them again:

http://cid-258899c12334cc4d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Garden%20Bench

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

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Mark Shymanski

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#13 posted 06-25-2008 02:10 PM

Thank you for the great post. Being mindful of what Damocles posted I’ll just favourite this and show my wife later when I get a little further along on my project list :-)

The cut list is really well done, very clear.

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#14 posted 06-25-2008 04:47 PM

Nice work Greg. I am computer savy but don’t know Sketch Up. What do you recommend as the best way to learn it? Just dive in or have you discovered something to flatten the learning curve. Also the files are read only will this prevent us “copiers” from bringing the file in Sketch Up and modifying it?

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Greg Wurst

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#15 posted 06-25-2008 05:14 PM

Rickey,

I’ve noticed if you open the file directly from SkyDrive they give you that read-only message, so just save it somewhere first before opening it and you should be fine. You could also do a save-as as well.

As for learning Sketchup, the Google tutorials are a great place to start:

http://download.sketchup.com/OnlineDoc/gsu_win/GoogleSketchUpHelp.htm

http://download.sketchup.com/downloads/training/tutorials50/Sketchup%20Video%20Tutorials.html

For woodworking related Sketchup work, I learned a great deal from Gary M. Katz, in particular check his Bookcase video and follow-along:

http://www.garymkatz.com/recent_articles.html

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

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