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Project by Karson posted 2759 days ago 4931 views 17 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 2759 days ago

oh I love them!! They are so inviting, especially surrounded by all those trees.
I can hear the benches saying, “Come on over and have a sit-down. Enjoy this little piece of heaven.”

Beautiful, Karson. Simply beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Don

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#2 posted 2759 days ago

Lovely bench, Karson. Don’t you just love the way some wood ages when exposed to the sun?

Cypress produces an oil called cypressine which acts as a natural preservative within the wood. This inherent characteristic of Cypress makes it durable and extremely resistant to harsh weather conditions, insects and fungus.

Since Cypress wood lacks sap and doesn’t bleed, it takes well to sealers, stains and paints. Its color varies in shades of light to dark honey. If left outdoors unfinished in its natural state, the appearance of the wood will become a light pewter color over time.

Oh, nice cat.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Karson

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#3 posted 2759 days ago

Debbie: If you are down this way – On the way to Florida as most Ontario Canadians are want to do. Stop by. Or iif we want to do it in warmer weather that OK also. You can come and sit on my benches. Thanks for the comments.

Don: Thanks for the Botanical lesson. I just knew that it felt slick to the fingers and that glue didn’t work for beans. I used Gorilla Glue to make them stick.

At a local seaport Museam they have some Teak Benches and they are silver grey. Yes I do like the aging process on woods. (Without the rot of course.)

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#4 posted 2759 days ago

This mother cat adopted us. She had a baby under the neighbors deck, and since we put out food for our cats, she showed up at meal time and decided to stay. She has brought two baby cats along on her move here. So altogether we have 5 outdoor cats living here. I let Katy Kitty into my workshop at night because she is the only one that will come when you call. AND SHE DOESN”T USE MY SHOP AS A LITTER BOX.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2759 days ago

I’ll keep the invite in mind :)

Katy Kitty is my kind of cat!!! My daughter’s cat (currently residing here) decided that he didn’t like the smell of the sawdust under the table saw and has marked his territory – twice !!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 2758 days ago

very nice Karson, I really like the pattern it looks old fashioned. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Karson

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#7 posted 2577 days ago

This project has been updated with additional pictures and was posted as my Outdoor Contest Entry. I just didn’t have time to make my new project. The plans are drawn but I’ve been looking for some 2 X 8 Cypress.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mot

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#8 posted 2576 days ago

Karson! Just a great bench. I have a plan for a similar bench that I’m going to make for my mother’s garden. It will be a present for her for her retirement in the spring. She’s ploughed on through a busy worklife and at 72 we finally convinced her that there are other things to enjoy in life. I’m even more inspired to see the documented process! Thanks, Karson! Oh, and up to your usual standards as well!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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mot

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#9 posted 2576 days ago

Thanks for the additional picture, Karson. I bet that makes the seating platform very sturdy and free from bowing.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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RobS

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#10 posted 2575 days ago

Very proffessional. Great Job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2570 days ago

Very nice, strong contender!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bob Babcock

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#12 posted 2568 days ago

Congrats Karson.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Don

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#13 posted 2568 days ago

Wonderful win, Karson!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Karson

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#14 posted 2567 days ago

Thanks Guys. I appreciate the votes. I’m in Kansas City now visiting family so I’m on a borrowed computer. I’m meeting Joel Tille at 8:00am tomorrow and we are going to Mark DeCou’s house in Kansas. We are going to have a LumberJocks Picnic. (Maybe indoors – forcast for 103 deg). Probably the largest group of LumberJocks together in one place at one time.

Watch your lumber it might all be gravitating or at least pointing toward Elmsdale KS.

Pictures to follow.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 2567 days ago

Hi Karson;

Very nice benches. They are beautiful, and look inviting. Smart cats!

Have a great time at your picnic.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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