Mahogany Garden Bench

  • Advertise with us
Project by sscartozzi posted 05-24-2015 12:05 PM 2329 views 19 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I needed a new garden bench for my patio. Went to buy some teak, outrageously expensive. So I decided on mahogany. I’m glad I did. I used marine Waterlox for the finish. Brushed on one coat original sealer then brushed on two coats of the marine waterlox. Finally rubbing on a final coat of the Marine Waterlox. It’s about 58 inches long and has turned out comfortable to sit in.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

17 comments so far

View helluvawreck's profile


31417 posts in 2895 days

#1 posted 05-24-2015 01:18 PM

This is a wonderful design and a beautiful bench.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View NormG's profile


6156 posts in 3032 days

#2 posted 05-24-2015 01:37 PM

Great design and looks wonderful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

View Pointer's profile


427 posts in 1139 days

#3 posted 05-24-2015 01:59 PM

Wow. This is a fine looking bench. Makes me want to go sit on it.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

View shipwright's profile


7995 posts in 2826 days

#4 posted 05-24-2015 02:45 PM

Elegant. I always liked mahogany on boats for things that would be finished bright and teak for things that would be left to go silver. Teak is very hard to keep varnished.
Good choice and very nice work.
The carved initial is perfect.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

View gsimon's profile


1272 posts in 2142 days

#5 posted 05-24-2015 03:27 PM

Really nice work!

-- Greg Simon

View philba's profile


96 posts in 1400 days

#6 posted 05-24-2015 04:19 PM

Nice job! did you design this yourself or use plans? Would love to see more detail.

View Carlos's profile


7 posts in 1128 days

#7 posted 05-24-2015 04:30 PM

That is very nicely done.
Great job!!!
I love it.

View Boris 's profile


190 posts in 2943 days

#8 posted 05-24-2015 04:46 PM

Very nice

View SenecaWoodArt's profile


435 posts in 1648 days

#9 posted 05-24-2015 10:05 PM

This is one nice bench. Mahogany was a better choice than teak for the color and beauty alone.

-- Bob

View rednecknurse's profile


45 posts in 1034 days

#10 posted 05-25-2015 12:18 AM

Very nice bench!

-- Do something nice for me and I'll say thanks. Do something nice for my children and I'll be your friend forever.

View Gary's profile


1291 posts in 4352 days

#11 posted 05-25-2015 01:53 PM

Love it.

-- Gary, Florida

View Mean_Dean's profile (online now)


6567 posts in 3176 days

#12 posted 05-26-2015 12:04 AM

Beautiful bench! I love the mahogany choice—and you’re right, teak is ridiculously priced right now.

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View Eyal's profile


90 posts in 1595 days

#13 posted 05-26-2015 02:50 AM

I like it. I like it a lot.
It doesn’t look like the typical bench you would buy and therefore many will want to take a closer look to see its features.
It looks refined yet ample and strong at the same time.
If i”ll ever decide to make one, this is the one that I will revisit.
Well done.

View Ocelot's profile


1981 posts in 2666 days

#14 posted 05-27-2015 08:09 PM

Nice bench! Beautiful wood.

Is this the 2006 Wood Magazine plan?

I’ve seen several of those around on LJ and bought the old magazine on ebay recently just to get the plan.

I was thinking much cheaper wood for mine, but that is beautiful!


View sscartozzi's profile


64 posts in 1788 days

#15 posted 05-28-2015 08:58 PM

Hi Ocelot,
Thanks for the kind words. I downloaded the plan from It said it was featured in 2006 wood magazine. I did alter the plan a bit. The back slats are mortise and tenon. The plan called for dado then filler pieces. I changed the top rail so I could add the initial.

-- Steve, Malvern, PA

showing 1 through 15 of 17 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics