Walnut and Maple Garden Bench

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Project by Dan Hux posted 09-19-2010 03:09 PM 2142 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut and maple bench I’ve been working on for a year or so in my spare time. I work full time as a IT/computer/network contractor, so i’m learning as I go. The base is walnut (great wood to work with) the seat slats, back slats and arms are maple. I used walnut plugs to hide the screws. I’ve still got to apply a few coats of poly. Most of my woodworking projects have been southern yellow pine adirondack chairs that get painted, so working with nicer woods has been great and expensive. I’ve learned alot building this, maple nor walnut are readily available in most towns. When you do find it, it’s super expensive compared to southern yellow pine. All in all,,it was lots of fun.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 03:44 PM

Nice job.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 04:24 PM

Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 04:27 PM

Nice bench I’d put that in my house…...................................Schloemoe

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 04:42 PM

Very nice bench, nice choice of woods also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 04:47 PM

the contrasting woods look awesome together! great looking bench!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 05:00 PM

Beautiful bench.. so lovely to behold… I agree- wood is terribly expensive… keep looking around for free stuff- lumber mill throw aways etc. You can find lots of good wood for free or very cheap. :) Just ask Mafe- he was walking down the street in Paris and it started raining plywood. ;) Terrific job on the bench.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-19-2010 05:08 PM

Looks great and very neatly built.

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 05:21 PM

Dan nice bench, looking good. I hate that work gets in my way of having fun in the shop, LOL
Nice work on plugging the holes as well. I don’t understand why everyone don’t do this after all the work they put into their projects.

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

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#9 posted 09-19-2010 05:26 PM

This is a beautiful bench, especially for something that will live outdoors.

I like your use of the walnut plugs over the screws.

Did you decide to keep it lighter-looking up top by only going with a single width of walnut, as opposed to the leg sections below the seat that are double-wide? I think the only thing I’d personally do differently would be to widen the top sections of the legs that go under the armrests and up the back, just to continue that solid look that you achieved at the bottom by going double-wide on the walnut. I’m sure it’s more than sturdy enough as it is. That’s just me though.

Is this going to at least be covered by a roof? I hope so! This is too nice to let it “weather”!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 09-19-2010 07:33 PM

just a side note,, this bench is staying indoors.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#11 posted 09-19-2010 08:32 PM

Geez Dan, you had me worried there! When you said it was a garden bench, I assumed it was going outside. Thank goodness it’ll be indoors.

Will it be used as more of an entry bench then, or maybe in an enclosed patio/seasonal room?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#12 posted 09-20-2010 07:58 PM

I really like that combination of wood.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#13 posted 09-24-2010 12:26 AM

Thats a beautiful bench.

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