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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.

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Thanks for looking.





23 comments so far

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mtkate

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#1 posted 1740 days ago

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

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patron

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#2 posted 1740 days ago

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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jockmike2

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#3 posted 1740 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 1740 days ago

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

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

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1740 days ago

great job looks spectacular

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mario

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#6 posted 1740 days ago

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

-- Hope Never fails

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SimonSKL

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#7 posted 1740 days ago

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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PurpLev

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#8 posted 1740 days ago

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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HiramWoodBully

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#9 posted 1740 days ago

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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wlhutch

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#10 posted 1740 days ago

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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Rotceh

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#11 posted 1739 days ago

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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dustbunny

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#12 posted 1738 days ago

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

Nice work!!

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 1738 days ago

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. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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bfd

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#14 posted 1738 days ago

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.

-- Brian, Folsom, CA http://www.brianfullerdesigns.com

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grampata

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#15 posted 1730 days ago

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

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