Rustic Cedar Bench

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Project by RWJones posted 07-19-2010 06:37 AM 2168 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grandsons, Caleb & Ethan trying out a rustic cedar bench. A friend and I made this one and another one similar to it. He had ordered a new drill mounted tenon cutter, so we were just tinkering around with some sawmill slabs of red cedar. We used the 1 1/2” tenon cutter for the legs. The cutter worked fairly well, but he’ll likely build a jig to hold the drill in order to make consistent tenon cuts. We threw the two benches together within a couple of hours. Thanks to my friend operating a Woodmizer band mill, I have access to an incredible supply of materials to build all types of projects. I’m working on a porch swing for my wife next. The going is slow right now due to recovering from surgery on my left arm. Hopefully a few more weeks and I’ll be back to making sawdust.

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#1 posted 07-19-2010 08:23 AM

Those are some nice looking benches. The kids seem to enjoy them. Hope the shoulder feels better soon, I feel your pain.

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#2 posted 07-19-2010 08:28 AM

That looks like the best crew a man can have! Good looking bench. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#3 posted 07-19-2010 02:11 PM

Nice to have good quality control staff to test your projects. Hope the arm heals quickly so you can get back to making more things for the boys to check out.

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 04:36 PM

Looks like a great bench.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-21-2010 03:27 PM

i like cedar. I tried to get some from my parents house, but had trouble milling it. miling was too big an investment for too small a log at the time. nice work.

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#6 posted 07-22-2010 12:34 AM


Milling cedar is an expensive project unless you own your own mill. Even if you do have a mill it is not a very high yielding species, prone to being fluted, and if it came out of someone’s yard, it is subject to have nails in it. I’m fortunate to have a very good friend who owns a mill, which allows me access to plenty of wood of various species. Thanks for checking out my project. I hope to have more in the near future. For the time being, as I posted earlier, I am on the injured reserve list. Hopefully a few more weeks and I’ll be back to make sawdust again.


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#7 posted 08-17-2010 10:56 AM

Cool benches!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 08-24-2010 01:43 PM

Cool bench! I love the live edge slab look. I wish I had some cedar like that to build with!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 04-11-2011 09:34 PM


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