English garden bench

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Project by surfdude posted 02-26-2008 06:08 PM 1625 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of Norm’s from the Yankee workshop plans. Althought the original is made of teak, the cost was prohibitant so I made it our of Red western cedar. Lots of mortising all the back slats, no mechanical fasteners.
The stain has mellowed a bit over the past two years. Very sturdy and solid. I keep it stored inside during our harsh winters. We sit and watch the world go by with an adult beverage.
The table was not included with the plans so I improvised. The curve of the table legs match the bench front legs .

-- surfdude

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 06:14 PM

WOW beautiful work. Looks great. Nice job with the table, looks great with the bench.

-- Hope Never fails

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 06:15 PM

Great looking bench! I really like the legs on the foot rest.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-26-2008 07:01 PM

gorgeous. Cedar is a great choice. and the table is adorable

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 02-26-2008 07:21 PM

Very nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-26-2008 07:55 PM

Great woodworking job Surfdude

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#6 posted 02-26-2008 08:27 PM

Very nice bench. The two piece go well with one another.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-27-2008 12:22 AM

Nice job. I think the red cedar will do just fine. I really like your stuff.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#8 posted 02-27-2008 01:16 AM

Both came out great and look nice and sturdy…guess that’s a Norm thing :>) Like the color too looks great. Nice job.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 02-27-2008 02:09 AM

Great Project- like the fact you followed Norm’s mortise construction. The Red Cedar is a really great look with the finish.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#10 posted 02-27-2008 02:31 AM

Looks awesome, I really like the color.

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#11 posted 02-27-2008 03:00 AM

great work.. enjoy it

-- making sawdust....

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#12 posted 02-27-2008 03:36 AM

Yeapper Surfdude great bench and table.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#13 posted 02-27-2008 04:01 AM

Really like the bench and table – good job!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 02-27-2008 04:50 AM

That is a well executed piece. Absolutely beautiful!



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#15 posted 02-27-2008 05:00 AM

Great job Dude. Not much time for surfing by the look of your projects.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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