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110 mortise and tenon joints - outdoor table and benches

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Project by jdh122 posted 1186 days ago 2479 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my new outdoor table and bench set that I spent part of the winter making. It’s made of eastern white cedar, whereas the plans I had called for western red cedar, but that comes from the other end of the continent, so I decided to go local. I originally made it with two long benches, but the white cedar is not a strong wood, and once I calculated the weight that four people could add up to and bounced around on the completed benches, I decided I needed to make the two benches into four (glue up 8 new legs, cut the stretchers, new m+t joints). In the end I think it’s better with four smaller benches.
As you can see in the project title, there are over 100 mortise and tenon joints here. I started out doing both sides on the router table, but acquired some decent chisels, a marking gauge and a nice little dozuki saw over the Christmas holidays and started cutting the tenons by hand. I found I got a tighter joint than with machines, and quite enjoyed doing the hand work (but this means I need to build myself a bench – aargh). I even cut the last 4 mortises by chisels and found this easier than I expected.
I’m not planning to put any finish on it – the cedar should weather to a nice grey.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 1186 days ago

Wow that is some work.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 1186 days ago

congrat´s with a well done job :-)
now you make a complete set only by handtool…..LOL (Grin and duck )

thank´s for sharing

Dennis

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EagleTRL57

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#3 posted 1186 days ago

That is awesome!

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Eagle1

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#4 posted 1186 days ago

NICE setup. Great job there..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 1185 days ago

Well done enjoy!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 1185 days ago

Lots of work- but worth the effort! I like 4 smaller benches anyway. More flexibility and they can be moved to the porch to double as tables and extra seating when you need them. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Hopdevil

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#7 posted 1185 days ago

Nicely done and you got a work bench out of the deal as well! Your efforts are well rewarded with your excellent work.

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