Lutyens bench

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Project by Garyswood posted 03-19-2008 09:45 PM 2800 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first try at this project. Allot of detail but ultimately turned out nice (I think)....

-- Gary

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#1 posted 03-19-2008 09:51 PM

Gary that is outstanding! I really like the execution of this one. The cloud pattern on the back really makes this bench jump out as say “sit on me”. Where did you find the plans for it?

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

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#2 posted 03-19-2008 09:53 PM

Great bench :) Nicely done Gary.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 03-19-2008 10:08 PM

Thank you very much for your comments.

The plans came from American Furniture Designs. I first saw the project in Fine Woodworking.

-- Gary

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#4 posted 03-19-2008 10:17 PM

Great bench, Gary. You’ve got me wanting to try one like this now.

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

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#5 posted 03-19-2008 10:22 PM

Very nice bench. Almost too nice for outside.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 03-19-2008 10:25 PM

“Woodworking – patience = firewood”
That is GREAT Charlie. if you notice the first pic…on top of the lathe in the bachground you can see the beginings of a couple more benches….minus the patience…they are currently on the firewood pile..oops

-- Gary

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#7 posted 03-19-2008 10:30 PM

Sweet! Nice work. I’ve wanted to do one of those for awhile.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 03-19-2008 11:22 PM

Very nicely done. Great detail. Beautiful job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 01:29 AM

Beautiful work! Is this planned for outside use? What kind of wood and finish was used?

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 02:02 AM

Very nice job~ nice detail and outstanding finish.

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

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 02:45 AM

I love the details and the curves. It will make a nice additon anywhere you put it. Where did you get the plans? This would make a nice gift for our yard as well. Nice post. Thanks!

-- "Knowledge is King! It is never too late to learn something new." - Jim

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#12 posted 03-20-2008 02:47 AM

That is a fantastic bench! Great.

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

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 02:48 AM

Hi Gary,

This is a very nice bench. I have no doubt that your FIL was pleased with it. You did a good job on it.

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

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#14 posted 03-20-2008 04:58 AM

Thank you for all the comments. The finish is simply Watcos danish oil and minwax poly. I would not however recommend this for your project if it will live outside. I have another little table on my back deck that I used the same finish and it is just not holding up in this NC rainy weather. My FIL put the bench on a covered patio so it should be fine there. The wood is cypress obtained from Charlotte Hardwoods. Since this was my first attempt at one of these I went with the cheapest I could get. Later after reading a few articles i found the cypress is well recommended for exterior furniture. The grain pattern too was a great surprise.
If you want to build this even cheaper it can all be cut out of (6) 2×10’s. In the next couple days I will post the cutting layout.

-- Gary

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#15 posted 03-20-2008 05:53 AM

Very ellegant

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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