Garden Bench

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Project by cpernisi posted 05-31-2009 03:19 AM 2181 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the cypress bench i built for my father in law. After this project, i found that a mortising machine is a must have tool. It took forever to dig out the back panel with a drill press and chisel.

-- Craig

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#1 posted 05-31-2009 03:26 AM

realy nice bench ,good lines and clean appearance .
maybe you could make a plunge router jig for mortices , then square by hand , or round out the tenon corners .
at least until you get a morticer .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-31-2009 03:34 AM

There’s a sweet bench! Well done

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#3 posted 05-31-2009 03:41 AM

Looks great. What did you use for finish?

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#4 posted 05-31-2009 03:44 AM

This is a beauty!

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

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#5 posted 05-31-2009 03:54 AM

Very nice design… I love it….

-- Happy and safe woodworking,

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#6 posted 05-31-2009 04:04 AM

Beautifull. Drill press and chisel to die!!! Congratulation.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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#7 posted 05-31-2009 04:18 AM

Nice work. thats a beautiful bench. Did you design it yourself or did you purchase plans? My wife is looking for me to make something similar..


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#8 posted 05-31-2009 04:20 AM

I agree…the design is really great. And I’m with Kansas…how did you finish it?

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#9 posted 05-31-2009 04:25 AM

Ditto what everybody else said. Cypress is a great wood to work with. You could get a mortising attachment for your drill press. I have one and it works well for me. Takes a little time to set up, but is less expensive and saves space in my small shop.

-- Rick

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#10 posted 05-31-2009 04:28 AM

Thats a fine looking garden bench. I have mortising attachment for my drill press.

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#11 posted 05-31-2009 02:06 PM

Great design and finish.
The bench construction may have been time consuming but….. you done a really good job.

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#12 posted 05-31-2009 02:40 PM

Thank you. I have since picked up a mortising machine. I wish i had some great recipe for the finish. It was just a minwax stain and some outdoor poly. Last time I’m doing that. It has since wore off and my father in law had to take it into his shop and refinish it. looks good as new now! As for the design, I saw a similar back on a bench at our local nursery and modified it some. The rest was from the same book i made the Adirondack chairs from (with a few mods).

-- Craig

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#13 posted 05-31-2009 03:07 PM

This bench is really nice. My son in law did a great job. I did re-finish it last winter. I used a Sherwin Williams stain and oil protector. It is holding up pretty well now. If you want to know the exact products I used, let me know and I can dig up the receipts. I went in and talked to them, told them what I had, and they recommended the products.

-- Randy, Allen Texas

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#14 posted 05-31-2009 03:26 PM

I love the design. great job!

-- Dominique Barbier - Dallas, TX

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#15 posted 05-31-2009 04:48 PM

so nice beautiful bench super job

-- Custom furniture

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