Redwood Garden Bench

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Project by jumbojack posted 11-10-2015 10:13 PM 1293 views 9 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We are outfitting the backyard with a fire pit and needed some additional seating. We have one of those cast iron affairs with the wood slats that I refurbished last month. I stripped the cast down repainted and replaced the slats with oak.
The LOML wanted more so I searched for some plans. I went to Shopsmith because I use one. They had free plans for one that caught my eye.
The lead photo is the bench finished. The next two are dry fit shots. The last photo is the bench before I applied the Watco cherry. It ended up soaking up an entire can. The entire build is Redwood. A 4×6, a 4×4, 2-2×6s and 10-2×4s completed the material. Every thing was milled pre sanded dry fit and then glued up with TB 3.
Thanks for looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 11-10-2015 10:16 PM

Oh, the bench is six feet wide. The back legs are 33” high and the seat is about 16” from the floor.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 11-10-2015 10:36 PM

Very inspiring JJ! I am embarrassed to say that the seating around my fire pit consists of upended logs. It looks very “woodsy” but I wish it would be something nice like your bench. Great work.

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#3 posted 11-10-2015 10:52 PM

Excellent job. Enjoy!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 10:53 PM

Hey, Jack, that is a great looking bench. You did an outstanding job.

-- Art

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#5 posted 11-10-2015 11:03 PM

Nice job. I built that same bench , probably from the same magazine in 1991. It will last a long time.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 11-10-2015 11:32 PM

I forgot to mention all of the joints are M&T pinned with 1/4” maple dowels. The arms are fixed to the front and back legs with 1/2” maple dowels.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 11-10-2015 11:53 PM

I really like that bench Jack. I just hope my wife doesn’t seen it I’ve got enough on my plate. Great job!

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#8 posted 11-11-2015 12:39 AM

Great looking garden bench! I’m sure you’ll get a lot of good use from it in the warmer months!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 11-11-2015 02:51 AM

That is one beautiful bench, Jack. One to be very proud of!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 11-11-2015 05:03 AM

That’s nice. Well done.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 11-11-2015 09:20 AM

That is such a nice bench and you’ve really done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 11-11-2015 02:16 PM

Looks really nice and sturdy.


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#13 posted 11-11-2015 03:08 PM

Awesome bench! I see many years to come, you sitting on it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-11-2015 03:09 PM

Beautiful workmanship Jack. You’ve done a fine job there.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#15 posted 11-12-2015 11:27 AM

Very nice bench, great build congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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