Cedar Bench

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Project by EnchantedAcresDesign posted 04-14-2011 10:04 AM 1880 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the Cedar Bench that I made as a Christmas present for my wife’s parents. I am going to make a few more of these. and will use the same design.

It was made entierly out of Western Red Cedar. The Seat, back, and armrests were made from Clear Cedar, the substructure and supports were made from #2 cedar. The bench was assembled with outdoor wood glue and decking screws. Then I applied several coats of Spar Varathane, wet sanding between each coat.

It is a very comfortable bench.

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 10:08 AM

My wife is sitting here saying she loves this bench and wants one for Mother’s Day “hint hint”

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 03:54 PM

That’s really nice bench.

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#3 posted 04-14-2011 04:20 PM

Nice very nice!

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 04:50 PM

Great job!!

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#5 posted 05-11-2011 03:48 PM

I am in the process of making one of these for my wife as well. My question is, how is the varathane holding up in our weather? I have used other types of sealers and have been disappointed after about a year. Great looking bench, may have to copy the pattern.



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#6 posted 05-11-2011 05:50 PM

It looks comfortable and also very strong and endurable. You did a nice job on it.

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 10:49 AM

@Jim – Not too bad with the varathane, although if you leave the bench out overwinter it seems to break down a bit, probably due to the amount of moisture in our wet environment. I will be trying a different marine grade clearcoat on the next one and will keep you posted. Of course you can have a copy of the pattern, I will just need to scan it in and then send it your way. I did modify it a bit by adding arm rests, but you’re welcome to have a copy of what I used for the bench.

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