Lutyens Garden Bench

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Project by wlhutch posted 07-14-2009 12:43 PM 9485 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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What caught my eye about this bench was how the crest rail cascades off the middle arch to the open arms. The design elements are formal with a bit of whimsy resulting in the Lutyens bench being an enduring classic. It’s a very inviting experience; friends walking by- just have to stop a moment and enjoy a sit.

I built this bench from an article in FWW. You may notice in the following photos that there are two benches shown. The first was a prototype used to work out design and joinery issues. The painted one was bench 2, where the back arch was lowered, stretcher narrowed and back slats attached differently. One inch rods were used for the arm rests.

I used slow set epoxy (30min) for the adhesive and from the prototype, I learned to complete the whole back piece first (crest/seat rails & legs) before final glue up.
















Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-14-2009 01:11 PM

Lovely! The pics with the clamps are very instructive for those who have not ventured this far yet.

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 02:09 PM

great work ,
excelent results !
good tutorial.
thanks .

-- 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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#3 posted 07-14-2009 02:13 PM

Very cool bench, it should be a winner.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 07-14-2009 03:19 PM

Sweet! Thanks for the step-by-step photos.

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

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#5 posted 07-14-2009 03:45 PM

great job looks spectacular

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 03:48 PM

Great looking bench. Nice job and thanks for the pictures of the progress.

-- Hope Never fails

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#7 posted 07-14-2009 04:06 PM

Wow! What a masterpiece. Thanks for the construction pictures too. What kind of paint did you use to protect the wood from the weather?

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#8 posted 07-14-2009 04:21 PM

looks great

Thanks for sharing the step-by-step process. most informative!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 07-14-2009 05:02 PM

Really nice work. The design and finished product is a real winner. Thanks for the step by step pictures too.

-- Kent, Hiram GA

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#10 posted 07-14-2009 07:06 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

SimonSKL asked: “What kind of paint did you use to protect the wood from the weather?”

The bottom of the legs received a few coats of epoxy. I spray the bench using Target’s EmTech 8800 UniversalClear Sealer and EmTech 6000 Production Lacquer.

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#11 posted 07-15-2009 04:41 PM

I like it

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#12 posted 07-16-2009 05:34 AM

I didn’t see this wonderful bench as an entry in the “Build a Garden Bench Contest”, you really should enter it.

Nice work!!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#13 posted 07-16-2009 06:02 AM

A beautiful bench, & a great pictorial. Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 07-16-2009 07:14 PM

I love your interpretation of this classic Lutyen bench. The painted finish gives it a very modern look which I think is great. I want to say that I have seen an ebonized version before but never a white version but both yeild the same result. I somehow find it looks more sculptural when void of wood grain leaving your eye to follow the form and not compete with grain, texture or variations in wood tone. Great job.

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#15 posted 07-23-2009 11:52 PM

I would expect to see that bench at the whitehouse lawn. great job it’s a winner with me ..Tom

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