Norm's English Garden Bench

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Project by LJ posted 2697 days ago 1690 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the project that made me get to the next level of achievement in woodworking. I decided to buy a drill press and use a hollow point chisel to cut the many mortises this piece has; virtually every joint where two pieces come together is mortise and tenon; even the backrest slats are mortised into the rails.

I made this in 1989 or 90. I won’t tell you what the wood is, yet. Study it and you tell me what you think it is.

One screw is used in the whole assembly and that is to hold the center seat support to the bottom of the lower back rail. Everything esle is mortise/tenon/dowel.

-- Peace, LJ

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#1 posted 2697 days ago

My guess on the lumber is Cypress.

Nice bench.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 2697 days ago

I’ll guess White Oak.

Nice bench is right!

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#3 posted 2697 days ago

I’m with Karson on this one.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 2697 days ago

Its a nice looking bench anyway. good job. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2697 days ago

Very nice, my guess is Mahogany.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 2697 days ago

my guess is “wood”.

Beautiful bench… it’s hmmm “subtle”. That’s the only word that comes to mind. Not sure if it truly describes what I mean… but it’s the only word that my brain is giving me

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 2697 days ago

I’ve added a pic taken when the bench was new… and I’ll drop the other shoe… Sure, it was a gamble then. But I did not know if I had the skill set to gamble and lose $$ on any other wood. Glad to have learned that I do and also lucky that it has passed the test of time on top of that…. and the wood I used was pressure treated pine.

-- Peace, LJ

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#8 posted 2697 days ago

AH, you beat me to it… I was going to guess PT!... Nice things can be made from it… (Though I’d be happy to avoid it in the future)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 2697 days ago

While PT is not as toxic as it was back then, other than buiding my deck, in the scene here, I do not use it anymore.

-- Peace, LJ

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#10 posted 2697 days ago

LJ, great bench! Haven’t tried it yet. It’s one of those “got to get around to it”

-- Jimmy

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