|Project by Karson||posted 01-29-2007 11:44 PM||5044 views||17 times favorited||30 comments|
I made a brace (Couple of these) benches for use outdoors. They are both the same, its just that the first bench has been outside weathering for about 12 months. It is darker than the pictures show.
The arms because of the end grain have darkened the most.
The plans came from Wood Magazine Issue 170 Page 40
The bench is all mortise and tenoned. It is made out of cypress lumber. They cut cypress in Delaware in the southern portion of the state. We are right at the Northern Border of Cypress growth. (It was a surprise to me, I always thought Cypress was from Florida, A real southern wood.) All of the mortise and tenon joints, biscuit joints and the back slat assembly was all assembled with Gorilla Glue. That way I can keep the monkey on my back.
The locals used cypress to make roofing shingles in Colonial Days. It was 22 degrees today but the cats were using the bench to bask in the sunlight.
The second bench has not been outside yet so it is still the natural cypress color. I don’t plan on putting any finish on them because cypress has a natural oil in the wood.
As soon as I brought the bench out and put it in the sun the cat showed up again to try it out.
These are the fullsize pattern made of all pieces that were not straight cut.
The back slats with the tenon cut on the Woodhaven router table.
My pattern for the leg was a story stick that had all of the full size markings for mortises and cutouts. I’ve transferred the marks to the rear legs and used masking tape to place the marks on. The cypress is quite soft and i didn’t want to cause indentions with pencil marks at the bottom.
Using my horizontal router to cut the mortise slots in the rear legs.
The ends being glued up with Gorilla Glue, the arms and seat brace.
Here is a picture of the seat slat attachments from under the bench. The slats were screwed from the bottom and they had Gorilla glue between the slats and the braces. I used stainless screws for all attachments and cypress plugs.
This is the one bench after aging 1 year.
This is the second bench that has now been placed in service. It just rained so the bench might have a gloss to it. It has been outside for 1 month and is starting to pick up some aging on the arms.
OK revised 8-22-08
This is the first bench that has now been outside in the weather for around 3 years. It is in a woods type setting under a Holly Tree that I had to sweep of all of the sharp Holly leaves.
This is the second bench that has been outdoors for 2 years.. It sits in full sun on our original deck.
You might notice in front of the first bench the fungus growing on the ground. Here is another couple of pictures of more in the area.
Does anyone know what they are and are they edible.
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