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Project by mreagleeyes posted 06-06-2009 09:45 PM 4208 views 51 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Garden Bench for my Brothers Birthday. Constructed using Iroko. The plan was to have a large deep seat that would invite late nights in the garden curled up with his wife watching the night sky. I’m an old Romantic at heart.

I have never found a bench that invited me in to it, they all seemed to be very formal. So I came up with this.
The Arms are nice and wide to allow for plates or a glass of wine or even some one to sit on, space is very expensive here in London!!.
The whole assembly can be broken down in to 4 components, the seat section, the back section and two arm sections.

I have since made a single seater and matching table to go with it. My first and still my favourite piece.
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mtnwild

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#1 posted 06-06-2009 10:02 PM

You might want to beef up the next one, don’t know how long that will last with use. NOT!!

Just kidding.

Your right, that is one inviting bench. Great design, lots of beautiful wood. Super job on that.

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

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 06-06-2009 10:10 PM

wonderful design and build, looks very comfortable. well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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blockhead

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 12:37 AM

Great job and unique design. I agree, it is very inviting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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kerflesss

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 01:22 AM

Really like your arm rest. Great job. Looks like it might last a week or soooo…(Jus Kidding)

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 07:37 AM

I really like yoiur design. Especially the wide arms for all those things that never have a place to be ;-))

BTW, Welcome to LJ!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Durnik150

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 07:41 AM

I like how you thought out how the piece was going to be used and included that into your design and execution. You don’t often see small scale mock-ups and I appreciate you including it in your pictures. Enjoy!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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hrvoje

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#7 posted 06-07-2009 09:22 AM

this is nice.i like it.its different,modern.maybe the seat is to deep

-- hrvoje

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stefang

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#8 posted 06-07-2009 11:53 AM

Yet another great design and build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mreagleeyes

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#9 posted 06-07-2009 01:22 PM

Thank you all. It’s good to get praise from fellow Woodworkers.
I was a little concerned that the Bench would be a little too deep in the seat area. But, think about the sofa you sit on inside the house, that’s deep with large cushions.
My Brother, the client, has bought large outdoor cushions that make it very comfortable. You would not sit on an up-right sofa in the house, so why not in the garden.

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Todd Thomas

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#10 posted 06-07-2009 02:58 PM

looks great…....what dimensions are the boards for the seat….looks great….very well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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mreagleeyes

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#11 posted 06-07-2009 03:45 PM

Thanks ‘Todd Thomas’, in fact thank you all. The seat sections are 50mm x 50mm x 2000mm. The arm section if memory serves me correct are 220mm wide and 40mm in depth.

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bfd

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#12 posted 06-07-2009 06:23 PM

You have some mad design & craftmanship skills. Love your vision! I really like how the chunky monolithic arms ground this piece and how they are juxtaposed against the light airy slats. The piece has just the right mix of heft and airiness. Perfect for enjoy friends and a nice glass of wine.

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Griffindork

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#13 posted 06-07-2009 08:00 PM

Well Done, nice model too, got any tips on using them in furniture design/construction.

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mreagleeyes

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#14 posted 06-07-2009 08:35 PM

Hi ‘Griffindork’.
I always found that if you make the model using the same materials and get all the dimensions just right then it helps a lot later on in the project. I’d normally spend a week on the model.

I always like to show the client a model so they can get a feel for it. Not many people can read and see how the piece will look on just a piece of paper. I like to get as much feed back from clients as possible after all there paying for it, the more they feel apart of the design the more money they usually part with, LOL.
It also help me in getting the proportions right, if it looks wrong on the model then it will look wrong on the full scale piece.
It’s also a lot cheaper to produce a model and get it wrong than the actual piece when it’s too late.
I normally make my models in 1:10 scale but obviously that can change depending on the piece.
I’m sure we have all made a piece and just thought that something dose not look right at the end.

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MarkWilk

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#15 posted 06-10-2009 08:09 PM

Gorgeous, and suitable for sale. You did a terrific job. I’m impressed with your process and the modelling. That’s and overlooked element, and you clearly have skill. Really exceptional work. Those benches absolutely belong in the public eye. Perhaps a municipality would be interested, or an office park? Get them out into the world!

-- Mark, Florida, http://penturner.wordpress.com/

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