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Project by cypresswoodworker posted 07-25-2009 11:12 PM 2245 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench for my mom on mothers day. I used “pecky” “sinker” and #2 cypress which i got for free from an old mill that was shut down years ago. The planks were covered in dirt and to the un-informed did not look like it was worth salvage. I did’nt show any emotions when i seen it yet i offered to take that pile of “TRASH” away for them. Got over 1000 board foot for free.
I decided to keep the back riser at only a 6 degree slant and made it very tall, to give it a “Church Pew” feel.
It is suprizingly comfortable and mom keeps getting compliments on it so i guess i did OK.

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 11:18 PM

It looks great, I am sure your Mom will enjoy it for years.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 11:21 PM

Beautiful bench! Helluva job on the cypress find too! I know she will treasure that forever.

-- 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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#3 posted 07-26-2009 01:51 AM

Nice wood gloat and nice bench.

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

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 02:52 AM

well arent you a sneaky one…lol…sounds like something i would do…that is what gets me…a lot of folks dont know what they have when it comes to wood that is worth the salvage…but i bet you were like a kid in a candy store…..whoopin and hollerin all the way home…..thinkin i just cant wait to make something out of this….great score on the wood…and a very nice bench…i hope your going to enter it in the bench contest..now if ya need to get rid of the rest of that nasty ole wood…i will haul it away for ya at no extra charge…..lol..:)>

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 03:10 AM

Hey grizz the rest is already cypress swings and a few plaques…but i’ll keep you in mind…next time

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 03:20 AM

A great looking bench. Is the cypress natural or did you put finish on it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 03:24 AM

Looks extra fine super job

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 04:11 AM

wow-really stands out-love it

-- -erik & christy-

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 05:18 AM

Nice garden bench.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#10 posted 07-26-2009 07:31 PM

You did OK!. Looks great! I can see why your Mom gets lots of compliments.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#11 posted 07-27-2009 09:37 PM

A great looking bench.
I’ll bet you could never duplicate that Pecky hole design pattern the way nature did.

-- -** 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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#12 posted 07-30-2009 01:52 AM

I like it

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 07-31-2009 12:46 AM

Karson,
There is no finish on the bench….Yet. My step dad is a varnish NUT!! I told him if he puts varnish on it he will be disowned. I told him i could live with tung oil if he had to put a finish on it! Cypress really needs to breathe.
He has sealed a few cypress swings and i am forever making new slats for them. Cypress will rott if it is totally
sealed.
.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#14 posted 07-31-2009 01:03 AM

This is my pair of cypress benches with no finish. This shows the aging after a couple of years.

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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cypresswoodworker

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#15 posted 07-31-2009 01:07 AM

Love your benches!! I started out to build my bench just like yours , Yet a demon took over me in the process! The pile of Pecky was speaking to me..Seems i always start out with a design in my head and it changes as the build goes on.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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