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Project by OSU22 posted 04-25-2016 01:56 AM 2050 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished up this garden bench, made from Woodsmith plans. It was made of plain sawn white oak that I was just looking to use on a project to get it out of my way. I built it to be put outside, but I still haven’t figured out what I should do to it in terms of finish. As I’m sure most would suspect anyway, the through tenons are faked in-basically, I screwed the legs into the top through mortises that I later plugged with the fake tenons.





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#1 posted 04-25-2016 12:23 PM

Beautiful bench. I like all woodworking elements you made here.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-25-2016 02:25 PM

fake tenons or not – it’s a good lookin bench
Perhaps a clear deck finish ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 04-25-2016 02:26 PM

very nice

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#4 posted 04-25-2016 05:16 PM

This bench is so nice and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#5 posted 04-25-2016 08:10 PM

Very nicely done.

-- Chem, Central California

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#6 posted 04-25-2016 11:14 PM

Nicely done.

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#7 posted 04-25-2016 11:52 PM

Great looking little bench! I like all the angles and tapers of it—gives it a little of an Asian look!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 04-26-2016 01:31 AM

Looks great

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#9 posted 04-26-2016 01:51 AM

Liked this when I saw it on my Woodsmith dvd…and really like yours. Very nice. Please share what you end up using for finish as this may need to be added to my “want to make” list of projects.

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OSU22

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#10 posted 04-26-2016 02:39 AM

Thanks for all of the nice comments! I’m still trying to decide what to do with the finish, but I’ll post more pictures if/when I decide. I’ve seen some that say to use an oil and others say to do nothing, so it’s tough to decide which direction is best. I’ll study it some more and eventually flip a coin!

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#11 posted 04-26-2016 05:32 AM

Nice! Can you reference the issue it appears in?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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OSU22

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#12 posted 04-26-2016 11:56 AM

Sure, I searched “woodsmith garden bench” in Google, and it will give you a link to free downloadable plans on Woodsmith’s site. If you click on “Episode 709” and type in your email address, you will then get the plans. I hope that helps. I’m not sure if it ever printed in their magazine.

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#13 posted 04-26-2016 12:02 PM

OSU22 the bench looks great!! If you are still looking for an outdoor finish that you won’t have to redo as often as some others. I would suggest using CPES. I used it for my shower bench and I can tell you it is wet pretty much all the time and looks as good almost a year later as it did when i put it in there.

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#14 posted 04-28-2016 12:00 AM

Great looking garden bench! Love the style of this bench.. A link to the plan! Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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