Craftsman Style Redwood Built-in Deck Benches

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Project by gizmodyne posted 04-29-2009 02:29 AM 19792 views 24 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picture 1: Front view of Bench 1.
Picture 2: Angle view of Bench 1.
Picture 3. View of completed deck and benches.
Picture 4.Front view of Bench 2.
Picture 5. Sketchup Drawing of Bench Design with dimensions.

These built-in benches are made of redwood.
The uprights were directly bolted to the deck joists. All joinery is screws and plugs or pocket screws.
Finish is a Tung Oil/ Stain Mix.Design modified from Sunset Deck Book.
Original picture of this space:

Here is the view from the deck now.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#1 posted 04-29-2009 02:35 AM

Your benches are great! I love the craftsman style. I also really like your paint combo on the house and garage would you happen to know what the colors are? The reason I ask is that we are going to repaint our prairie style house this fall and that’s just about what I had in mind. Hope my question isn’t too off topic here.


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#2 posted 04-29-2009 02:36 AM

Giz, this looks really good. The deck and bench add a great deal of curb appeal to your home. You built a nicely designed bench that looks so invitingly comfortable.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-29-2009 02:41 AM

Those are really nice, Giz!

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 04-29-2009 02:58 AM

Nice design. I love the idea of the posts bolted to the joists. I’ve been looking for an idea for benches on my own deck. I may have to steal your idea and incorporate it into my own backyard.

-- Woodgineer, Port Hope, Ontario CANADA

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#5 posted 04-29-2009 03:07 AM

Good design nice bench

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-29-2009 05:10 AM

The colors are Sherwin Williams Bronze Green on the Bottom and Benjamin Moore Tate Olive on the top. The Brown Trim is a custom color. The red is Sherwin Williams Rookwood Red.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#7 posted 04-29-2009 05:33 AM

You know that I am a big fan of your work don’t you? Well, I am!
Love it!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 04-29-2009 05:50 AM

great job on the bench and all aspects of your backyard living space John. How did the home tour go? I think I must have missed that update.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#9 posted 04-29-2009 06:03 AM

Great, thanks for the paint color info.

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#10 posted 04-29-2009 01:54 PM

Very nice design.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#11 posted 04-29-2009 03:07 PM

I always get a kick out of your posts, gizmodyne. Keep up the great work!

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#12 posted 04-30-2009 01:30 AM

Sweet, I’m ripping this one off for my own deck. Whenever I get to it….

Nicely done, perfect for the Craftsman vernacular.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#13 posted 04-30-2009 04:41 AM

i really love this deck…forget the benches…just kidding…truly a great back yard makeover…and the benches are a great compliment to all the great work,.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 05-09-2009 05:49 PM

This is GOLDEN!!!!!!!!! Great work, I just love the benches… I can see this is going to be a nice hang-out for family and friends….Blkcherry

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#15 posted 02-25-2010 03:59 AM

Very nice design!

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