Luytens Bench

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Project by iSawitFirst posted 1704 days ago 1342 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a Christmas gift for my wife in 2008. Made of Iroko, the design is by Edward Luytens, a famous British architect known for his country homes and gardens. This project won fourth place in the LumberJocks Summer 2009 woodworking competition.

-- If you're over 100 years old there's an 80% chance you're a woman.

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#1 posted 1704 days ago

Wonderful bench. A great addition to any garden.

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#2 posted 1704 days ago

Very Attractive!!! Did you build this from site only or did you work off of a plan of sorts? I’ve not heard of the wood Iroko, does it weather outside well? Nice bench….

-- Mikee Likes It

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#3 posted 1704 days ago

Plans for this build are from NYW and come with a video of his show where he builds the bench. It’s a great help. Of all the Luytens benches I’ve seen (and there are a ton of them out there) Norm’s plan is the most sensuous and perfectly proportioned.

Iroko is also known as Poor Man’s Teak because it’s half the price and has the same weathering characteristics. As far as workability goes, it’s easier to work with than Teak in that it doesn’t have as much silica and oil. On the down side, it powders/splinters when cut. Tearouts can be tough to control. But, this is outdoor furniture. A little tearout will never be noticed in a year. :)

-- If you're over 100 years old there's an 80% chance you're a woman.

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#4 posted 1704 days ago

Great looking bench, looks very nice.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#5 posted 1704 days ago

I have seen the New Yankee video of Norm Building this bench and can appreciate your work to the highest degree. I specifically remember giggling during this video thinking how frustrated I would become if I ever tried this project due to its degree of difficulty. Your bench turned out fantastic. Congratulations.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 1703 days ago

I like it, I love this bench desing. You made a great job.

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#7 posted 1703 days ago

Great bench

I have some iroko that I salveged from a shipwreck but not enough to build a bench like that

Great job


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#8 posted 1689 days ago

Great design!

-- Alvarez

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