|Project by splintergroup||posted 11-11-2015 02:18 PM||1186 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
I needed something to fit by the front door, a bench perhaps, and something that needed mortises and used wood thicker that 4/4 (I was looking for a change!)
This bench is called a “Garden Bench” in the FWW May/June 2008 article that I used as a reference.
It is described as a mix of Japanese and Tudor styling.
I really liked the overall shape and construction, but I made mine somewhat shorter to fit in a spot by the front door versus out in the “Garden” where the birds would trash it. The original (in the article) was built from teak, 4/4, 6/4, and 8/4 but can anyone guess how much that would cost? I went with Red Oak, finished with Watco Danish Oil.
There are a lot of ‘reveal’ type joints where the mating piece is of a different dimension than the other. This has two effects, it adds a shadow line and it hides any mis-aligned joints (hurrah!). The seat bottom is from slats screwed down to the cross braces and plugs used to cap the holes.
Underneath you can see the cross braces and more of the construction. This was fun to build, plenty of mortice cutting where a stout chisel can be used and simple templates for the router table. The thing is solid!