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Project by bradyvan posted 1930 days ago 2577 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Laminated quarter-sawn white oak with Lyptus inlays and sealed with General Finishes – Exterior 450. The wood was an anniversary gift (my kind of gift!) and my wife wanted an outdoor bench – something heavy so it could sit in the front yard and not be easy for someone to pick up and run away with. I decided on the curves to minimize the amount of standing water on the bench. I created two MDF routing templates – one for the leg, and the other for the top and began first bandsawing close to the template, then routting with a double spiral bit and guide bearing to the template for a good finish. Routing quarter-sawn oak end grain is not my favorite thing to do! Drilling two small holes in the same location on each piece of the top, I was able to use a 1/4” dowel to line up the pieces for the glue up. The same concept was used for the leg sub-assemblies. Loose tenons are used in the leg joints. Inlays were added for fun. The sanding process took about 8 hours. Finishing was quick and easy. All in all, it was about 80 hours worth of work. It’s one of my favorite anniversary presents ever!
-Brady

-- -Brady





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mtnwild

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#1 posted 1930 days ago

Really great design there Brady. Fantastic idea and workmanship there. A real nice piece! Art to sit on.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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bibb

288 posts in 2134 days


#2 posted 1930 days ago

Very nice lines. Contemporary Asian is way cool. The mitered corners where the legs meet the seat are an excellent feature.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at http://katanadesign.com

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SteveE

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#3 posted 1930 days ago

Excellent design. The curved lines of this bench are great and they appear to be well worth the effort it took to shape them.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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rhett

697 posts in 2271 days


#4 posted 1930 days ago

Excellent proportions and very pleasing to the eye. Deceivingly simple. If this is going in your yard, I would love to see what you would have made your wife to go in the hall. Nice work.

-- http://planeandsimpleblog.wordpress.com/

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hrvoje

260 posts in 1951 days


#5 posted 1930 days ago

me like..nice work .design

-- hrvoje

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johnpoolesc

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#6 posted 1930 days ago

design and executation are flawless

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1928 days ago

looks great Brady

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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DaytonB

154 posts in 2470 days


#8 posted 1927 days ago

looks great, Ive been wanting to build something like that and I really like what you came up with!

great job

dayton

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bradyvan

22 posts in 2252 days


#9 posted 1926 days ago

Thanks everyone! If I had to build it again, I would probably take a lot of weight out of it by creating a thinner piece. I think I could cut the weight in half and still have a very stable bench.

-- -Brady

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GaryK

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#10 posted 1854 days ago

Cool looking bench! Good luck in the contest.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 1853 days ago

Great looking design!
Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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patrick m

197 posts in 2417 days


#12 posted 1852 days ago

Nice design. N Good Luck!

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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Timbertim

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#13 posted 1836 days ago

You really did a nice job there, the sanding process pays off. 8 hours is long but i’ll bet your wife is happy! :)

-- http://hubpages.com/hub/Outdoor-Storage-Benches

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PetVet

329 posts in 2091 days


#14 posted 1822 days ago

I like this a lot!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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