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Project by dbray45 posted 1067 days ago 1186 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a number of years I have been wanting to make a chair and never got time to do it. I had this cedar sitting out there and figured it was time. I made this from cedar fencing that was left over from a nieghbor’s fence. In the pictures it looks more like a deacon bench and uncomfortable. Shortly after the pictures were taken, my wife sat in it and asked if it could sit a little further back. Taking 3” off the back legs changed the dynamics and made this comfortable.

The legs are 3 boards glued together – Titebond folks recommended Titebond II because the hot sun will weaken Titebond III, they also told me to wipe down the glued surfaces with acetone so the oils in the cedar would not be an issue. If it looks like the seat is a little oversized, it is. I measured a number of chairs and made the seat, when my wife sat in it, she was uncomfortable (she has short legs) so the back was moved forward to fit her.

Originally, I just screwed the front and back supports and the legs in place (all stainless steel screws) and when I sat in it, thought it needed a liitle more structure – so – I took out some of the screws and replaced them with 3/4” dowel that was notched and a wedge put in to hold. The legs each have two srews and one dowel (underneath) to handle the stresses of two people.

The back top and bottom rails are doubled up for strength. I thought about the slats in the back for some time before settling on using a tongue and groove. The top and bottom rails have the tongue and the slats have the groove to allow for water to run off freely.

Hope you enjoy – it was fun to make.

-- David in Damascus, MD





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MShort

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#1 posted 1067 days ago

Nice looking bench. Just need a shade tree to park it under and it’s time to relax. \

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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vipond33

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#2 posted 1066 days ago

I find it interesting and refreshing that you had the patience and took the time to assess and modify your build. Many, including myself at times, would simply plough ahead and be slightly unhappy but resigned in the end. Well thought out and nicely built .This is how great designs come about.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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dbray45

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#3 posted 1066 days ago

Mike – I fully agree – I have drawn up the plans for a screened in porch but I have so many hoops living in a townhouse that I am not holding my breath.

Gene – I know what you are saying but this is something that I needed to be comfortable. I plan to make more chairs in the future and if I cannot make them comfortable, it is a waste of wood.

Many thanks.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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mafe

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#4 posted 1063 days ago

Really nice, yes you will have so many wonderful times on that one from now, perhaps even moments holding hand with your wife.
You have done a exelent job there.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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dbray45

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#5 posted 1063 days ago

Thank you mads, it was fun to make and will be fun to enjoy.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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mafe

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#6 posted 1063 days ago

;-) will keep the wife with a smile also.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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dbray45

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#7 posted 1063 days ago

That is what it is all about

-- David in Damascus, MD

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mafe

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#8 posted 1063 days ago

;-)_o~

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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