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Project by dpjeansonne posted 1276 days ago 1444 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 1276 days ago

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 1276 days ago

Hey Cajun,
Now that is a nice design and a real cool finish…well done.

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#3 posted 1276 days ago

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 1276 days ago

Great job. How did you do the arms?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Jesse

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#5 posted 1276 days ago

Beautiful.

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#6 posted 1276 days ago

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.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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WoodSpanker

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#7 posted 1276 days ago

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 1276 days ago

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 1276 days ago

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 1276 days ago

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 1275 days ago

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 1275 days ago

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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