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This 4 foot wide bench is made of Louisiana cypress wood. the seat opens up to store things like boots, etc.
-- Cajun Don, Louisiana
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#1 posted 02-21-2011 03:11 AM
I like the looks of the cypress its has some interesting patterns in it. How is it to work with, ive never had the opportunity. The arms came out awesome i really like that detail.
I was thinking about building an entry bench and just posted a topic on it wondering what wood to use .. you may have made my decision for me.
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#2 posted 02-21-2011 03:18 AM
Hey Cajun,Now that is a nice design and a real cool finish…well done.
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#3 posted 02-21-2011 03:34 AM
That’s really nice – I’ve never seen cypress boards before. I like all the soft curves, and especially the shape you used on the back.
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#4 posted 02-21-2011 04:46 AM
Great job. How did you do the arms?
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#6 posted 02-21-2011 05:30 AM
Very Nice!! More Details would be Good! Finish? Did you design it yourself or are there Plans available somewhere. I’d love to do one of these myself.
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#7 posted 02-21-2011 09:48 AM
My Grandaddy is from Loosianna…. and an expert woodworker and machinist. It’s good to see some more workmanship from that neck of the woods. :)
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#8 posted 02-21-2011 03:34 PM
That’s a beautiful piece of furniture Don. I love the way Cypress looks. Is it safe to assume that you are leaving it unfinished so that it can weather naturally? I just love the simple design. Thanks for letting us see your handywork.
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#9 posted 02-21-2011 03:34 PM
Good looking bench. Very nicely finish Thanks for or posting.
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#10 posted 02-21-2011 05:23 PM
Thanks for all the great comments.
Cypress is a great wood to work with. It is just soft enough to work easily and the grain is beautiful. It is relatively easy to get here from a mill rough. You don’t see it milled at any lumberyard.
This project was a request. The lady brought a photo of what she generally wanted and some work-to dimensions. I added some things like the seat storage with a piano hinge.I didn’t put a finish. What you see is the raw unfinished bench…. her problem! Most people put a clear poly or a very light stain and oil to accent the grain. Some leave and let it age to a grayish tint like old barn siding appearance.The arms were laminated to the sides and followed the curves with a router roundover.
I don’t really have any plans but could send more photos and a few dimensions if you give me your email.
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#11 posted 02-22-2011 12:52 AM
I love the design and the wood is very nice.
One thing I wonder about though, the arms are just glued onto the sides, with the grain crosswise – isn’t that just about guaranteed to split apart when the season changes? Especially as an outdoor piece? I hope I’m wrong though.
#12 posted 02-22-2011 05:39 PM
chodgson“I love the design and the wood is very nice.
One thing I wonder about though, the arms are just glued onto the sides, with the grain crosswise – isn’t that just about guaranteed to split apart when the season changes? Especially as an outdoor piece? I hope I’m wrong though.”
First of all the bench will not be outdoors. I attached the arms with glue and screws and they should be fine and even act as cleats for the side / legs.
Thanks for the comments.
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