redwood(scots pine) garden bench

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Project by shiney5757 posted 03-09-2008 01:49 PM 3634 views 14 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was recently asked to make 8 garden benches for some local irish cottages for tourists. 6 were straight forward (or to quote the plan ”easy to build”),
the other 2 had to be 22.5 degrees to fit around a corner.
this was my first production line project and hopefully not the last.
dam this took up some room in my small shed.
The only difference from the plan insted of dowels i used loose tenons for strength where needed,
the finish is danish oil.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#1 posted 03-09-2008 02:35 PM

I like these benches. I can well understand, however, about your space dilemma that a project of this size created for you. It does look like it is difficult to get around the “bench clutter” in your shop and I can only see 3 of them in the photo. To tell the truth I have come to discount the “easy to build” or time reference disclaimer that many projects/plans put in their instructions. I am not sure what they base it on but invariable if a plan calls for a 2 hour assembly time, for example, it takes me 3 to 4 times that.

Anyway thanks for sharing this with us.

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

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#2 posted 03-09-2008 03:23 PM

All your benches look great, but I really like the curved one. If you turn the center table around would it sit in a corner? Just might be another bench you could offer if you build any more. Thanks for posting!


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#3 posted 03-09-2008 04:59 PM

Great work on all the benches ! are they all your designs ?

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#4 posted 03-09-2008 05:01 PM

Great looking benches. I really like the different designs.

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

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#5 posted 03-09-2008 05:16 PM

Yeah, I like the angled one, let me guess that one is for married couples…ha …That way they don’t have to look at each other.

But seriously though, those would be good backed up against a tree, post or column…and it would be cooll to have a curved table in front of it with similar angles..

Well done. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 03-09-2008 05:19 PM

thats a nice garden bench, it must have been difficult to put the angle in it. great job.

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#7 posted 03-09-2008 05:54 PM

Those did come out really nice. I have a few single adirondack chairs in back yard. I’d like to make one or two loveseats this spring/summer.

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#8 posted 03-10-2008 12:32 AM

I have had one of those benches on the to do list for some time now, great designs, thanks for sharing.

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

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#9 posted 03-10-2008 01:18 AM

The six straight ones were done off a plan
But the angled ones, i had to make a template of the building where it was to fit and adjust the design to suit.It goes to show we dont have to always stick to the original design,just jump on in and make mistakes and learn as we go (old saying ”the man who didn’t make a mistake, didn’t make anything”)wouldn’t you all agree.Rob, thats what i said the first time i sat in it.I follow you on the curved table idea thanks with maybe another set of curved chairs reversed!on the other side.
O yeah i cant take all the credit my younger brother helped and my father too,
what would we do without family.

Goodluck all.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#10 posted 03-10-2008 02:27 AM

Very nice – they look comfortable.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#11 posted 03-10-2008 05:08 AM

These are really nice! I especially like the curved ones.

Is that really redwood? Is it all sapwood? Wow, it sure is getting lighter and lighter these days as the heartwood disappears. It’s too bad what’s happening to the redwood forests these days. I live in one and I can hear the loggers higher up on the mountain sometimes. I see the redwood logs coming down the road on trucks and I cringe. Are you sure that’s redwood? If so, that really is too bad.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 03-10-2008 07:39 AM

Great looking chairs. I’ll take your word that they are redwood – but like Blake – I find them awfully light in color.

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

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#13 posted 03-10-2008 12:51 PM

I know what you mean by very pale, maybe a different finish would have brought the colour out a bit better.
It was redwood i ordered from the sawmill, maybe it is all sapwood or maybe all that is available in ireland.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#14 posted 07-26-2008 06:21 PM

Great looking chairs.Great work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#15 posted 07-27-2008 04:39 PM

I missed this before somehow, but I see these benches are very popular! Nice work!

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