Cedar Fire Pit Benches

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Project by GunsOfNavarone posted 06-02-2016 03:55 PM 927 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built these benches using plans from Ana White as a guide. Since she does mostly butt joints, I added a dado joint on the base of the legs and a rabbet joint at the top of the legs to give some added stability. The wood is dimensional cedar (2×4 and 2×6), but since it’s exposed to full sunlight most of the day I wanted some added protection. I finished them with a coat of Sikkens ProLuxe in a semi-transparent chocolate brown color. While the finish wasn’t perfect, these are really for function and not a showpiece. I was very happy with how they turned out. In retrospect I could’ve cleaned up the joints a little better, but time was of the essence. All work was performed at the local woodworker’s guild except sand and finish. I think these will last a long time.

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 12:34 AM

nice work

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 03:52 AM

You will be able to be proud of them for SEVERAL years.

Nice work!

Great fire pit too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 01:36 PM

Time for hot dogs & roasted marshmallows. Great job!

-- Dave Peura

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 01:59 PM

Thanks all! This was actually a mother’s day gift for my wife, and we’ve enjoyed a few fires and s’mores with the kids already. I built the fire pit last fall and had been using folding lawn chairs up until recently. This is a definite upgrade!

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