Red Cedar bench

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Project by Sawdust posted 02-10-2010 09:28 PM 1963 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this simple bench from a discarded mantle piece. The cedar timber was long enough to cut the two legs and make a nice outdoor bench. The legs are glued into a 2” deep mortise and pegged with a round thru tenon to the bench top. Several coats of clear marine varnish protect the piece.

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#1 posted 02-10-2010 10:10 PM

really nice piece. I love the heaviness of it. I’m working on a similar bench from a length of walnut I picked up at a mill a couple months back. It was cupped and not the greatest piece but at $1 bf how could I not take it. Once the weather warms up I will finish it and share. Its great when you can find a great piece or wood and recycle it.

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 10:20 PM

wow that’s heavy duty

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 10:38 PM

Hum, I could have used that mantel for my next commision job of a cedar mantel. Looks great as a bench. Wonder if i could still hang that above the fireplace and the legs look like supports? Good job.

-- Lance, southwest Missouri,

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 11:41 PM

That is sweet. That thick timber is nice.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#5 posted 02-11-2010 12:22 AM

Nice job.

I love that hampster wood. I just got about 500 BF of the same at 4/4 I am making our flooring from. I have some widths up 20” , way too wide, but GAWD it’s old, to get that big here in KY.

You may wanna watch for checking, it’s bad for that.

-- Spheramid Enterprises Architectural Wood Works

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#6 posted 02-11-2010 12:39 AM

Beautiful just gorgeous.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 02-11-2010 01:19 AM

Beautiful bench!

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#8 posted 02-11-2010 10:32 PM

great recycling and work


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