Garden Bench

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 01-13-2009 09:39 PM 3432 views 41 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I rebuilt my deck this summer and couldn’t stand the thought of trashing the redwood railing. this bench was the result. I chose this project so as to give me more practice with mortice and tenons. The bench is finished with Superdeck Natural deck stain. The last picture shows the material I started with. It took me as long to mill the wood as it did to build and finish the bench. I’ve added this new picture with the bench in it’s home in the hosta garden. The lovely young lady is my chief garden inspector Ellie

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 01-13-2009 10:00 PM

Looks like it was worth your time to reclaim that wood. Nicely done.

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#2 posted 01-13-2009 10:25 PM

yes, very nice.

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#3 posted 01-13-2009 10:32 PM

I love it when somebody can take what amounts to nothing and make something very fine out of it. I did that recently, too, and I know how you feel about this great looking item.

Howard Ferstler

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#4 posted 01-13-2009 10:51 PM

I really love this!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-13-2009 11:00 PM

It caught my eye. Very handsome. I like it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 01-13-2009 11:31 PM

This is really impressive. I like the overall design, the many details, and the finish. More amazing after seeing the raw materials.

-- Larry

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#7 posted 01-14-2009 12:00 AM

Not only dose it look fantastic but you recycled. Thank you for posting and my niece (the tree hugger) thanks you for recycling.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#8 posted 01-14-2009 01:02 AM

Nice clean design. I plan to “borrow” it, if you don’t mind. Unfortunately, I don’t have the redwood available to re-use.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#9 posted 01-14-2009 01:38 AM

That will go into my favorites. Nice job.

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#10 posted 01-14-2009 03:13 AM

Nice job. I’d like to borrow part of your lay-out as well. And like the others, I’ll have to buy the lumber. Maybe I’ll find some straight clean PT-pine pieces for practice.

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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#11 posted 01-14-2009 04:28 AM

Great use of salvage materials. A beautiful 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 01-14-2009 05:27 AM

Wow Nice Bench Nothing Better then recycling Wood

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 01-14-2009 08:09 AM

great project and nice save on the material.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#14 posted 01-14-2009 02:24 PM

great design. looks nice and clean! real nice work.
and the fact that you salvaged what most people would have tossed to the landfill… even better!

it’s a great example of what can be done when people take the time to salvage old materials.

good work!

-- Pabs

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#15 posted 01-14-2009 04:32 PM

just think you gave that redwood a third life,and saved another from getting cut down.great thinking.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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