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Project by WoodWheeler posted 05-10-2018 12:59 AM 1720 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built an outdoor table from Blackbutt a little while ago and then the first of four bench seats to go with it. I learned a lot from this build and then batched out 3 more benches, which only took me about 50% longer in total than making the first. This showed me the advantages of batching out a small run rather than making sets one at a time.

All draw-bored mortise and tenons, everything has been built to allow for timber movement outdoors and will hopefully stand the test of time.

I had some concerns about de-lamination of legs outdoors so made the last three bench seats with legs from single pieces of timber. It will be a good test to see if the laminated legs hold up long term vs the solid ones.

Made these a few months ago but figured I’d post them up for prosterity!

Thanks for looking.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 05-10-2018 01:02 AM

Looks fantastic to me.

Hopefully the set is your on and you enjoy it for decades!

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

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WoodWheeler

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#2 posted 05-10-2018 01:10 AM

Thanks mate,

Yeah, this was for me and my fiancee.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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#3 posted 05-10-2018 01:20 AM

They look great. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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TJ11

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#4 posted 05-10-2018 10:04 AM

Wow very very nice. What kind of finish did you use?

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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WoodWheeler

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#5 posted 05-10-2018 10:15 AM

I used some Miniwax teak oil.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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#6 posted 05-10-2018 12:04 PM

This is a beautiful set of table and benches. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 05-10-2018 02:07 PM

I dig it.

Simple yet elegant.

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anthm27

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#8 posted 05-11-2018 05:50 AM

That is absolutely superb that furniture.
My guess is the black butt would have been hard on your tool edges.
Lovely lovely job.
Regards
Anth

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WoodWheeler

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#9 posted 05-11-2018 06:14 AM

Thanks a lot Anth. Yeah, that stuff is not only very hard but super abraisive somehow. It’s like the fibres are really tough and edge tools (chisels, plane blades etc) quickly pit / disintegrate. Even all the PMV11 stuff doesn’t last long. The edge doesnt just dull/round, it gets completely pitted/torn up.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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anthm27

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#10 posted 05-12-2018 04:21 AM


Thanks a lot Anth. Yeah, that stuff is not only very hard but super abraisive somehow. It s like the fibres are really tough and edge tools (chisels, plane blades etc) quickly pit / disintegrate. Even all the PMV11 stuff doesn t last long. The edge doesnt just dull/round, it gets completely pitted/torn up.

Cheers, Dom

- WoodWheeler

Yer interesting, In one of your pics I see what looks like a veritas plane sitting on your bench. Can you buy them in Australia? I have the PMV11 blades in my veritas hand planes and I must say the blades are great when they are new , I however have difficulty honing them up as they dull. Do you use a water stone or oil? How do you keep them honed up?
Regards
Anth

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WoodWheeler

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#11 posted 05-12-2018 09:29 AM

Yeah mate, we can buy Veritas, Lie Nielsen, etc etc here. I use water stones. I have a set of Sigma Power 1000, 6000 and 13000 grit stones and a diamond plate to flatten them (all from Tools From Japan). I also have a DMT coarse/extra coarse diamond plate for flattening backs and establishing a new bevel.

I’d suggest at least a coarse diamond plate for flattening the stones as well as a 1000grit and 6000grit waterstone. Then maybe get a honing guide like the Veritas or Lie Nielsen, as honing by hand takes a fair bit of practise. The PMV11 blades hone up quite easily and razor sharp on good waterstones.

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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anthm27

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#12 posted 05-13-2018 12:21 AM

Thanks for all the info Dom, seems Im going to have to step it up.
Ill do some more research and yes Im definitely going to have to get some more equipment. Although I get my blades sharp they are definitely not razor sharp.
Thanks again
Cheers
Anth

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