Japanese Garden Bench

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Project by newTim posted 03-07-2009 06:45 AM 16815 views 23 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here’s the finished project. At least with one coat of stain. I will add another coat then some outdoor oil. Check out the blog for progress photos. This was a fun project and I really enjoyed using the Mortise Pal (see review). Next time I will make some of the lines a little more thick and will use oak or some other hardwood suitable for outdoor use. Acknowledgements and thanks to Russell Jensen who designed the bench and published the plans in Fine Woodworking.

Plans available at Fine Woodworking

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 03-07-2009 07:21 AM

That’s a very nice looking bench.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#2 posted 03-07-2009 07:41 AM

That’s a beautiful job on the bench. I’ve got that article from FWW marked and in my pile of “must build one day”. Nice to see such a great version of it.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#3 posted 03-07-2009 03:02 PM

That’s a great job.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#4 posted 03-07-2009 03:56 PM

I like it. I need to make one to go out at my pool.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#5 posted 03-07-2009 04:16 PM

Looks great! Ditto what Rodd said.

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

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#6 posted 03-07-2009 06:24 PM

Sweet Looking bench. Looks very strong. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 07:54 PM

Very nice project. Thanks for sharing.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 03-07-2009 08:02 PM

Thats a nice garden bench!

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#9 posted 03-08-2009 12:34 AM

Thanks for the compliments. Thanks also for all the good stuff I’ve learned from you. I’m thinking about painting the next one with a black lacquer. The Asian style usually looks really good in black. Red might also be nice.

-- tim hill

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#10 posted 03-08-2009 04:45 PM

My wife and I really like this one. I have bench on the project list for this year. Thanks :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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