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Project by dpjeansonne posted 02-21-2011 02:54 AM 1485 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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chrisstef

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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.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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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.

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 04:46 AM

Great job. How did you do the arms?

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 04:49 AM

Beautiful.

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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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WoodSpanker

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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. :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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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.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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ND2ELK

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 03:34 PM

Good looking bench. Very nicely finish Thanks for or posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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dpjeansonne

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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.

Thanks

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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chodgson

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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.

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dpjeansonne

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#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.

-- Cajun Don, Louisiana

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