Porch bench

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Project by DonB posted 03-02-2012 10:28 PM 2984 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is an older project, about 17 years old. All the joints are hand made m/t joints that are pinned. The arms are double thickness 3/4 wood, glued and pinned, 1/2 round over with a router as are all the slats both bottom and back. The back top is one piece slotted to receive the back slats as is the bottom support for the back slats. The bottom slats are notched and pinned also. Its quite heavy, and solid as a rock. When you sit, nothing moves. It has been refinished twice as it gets wet time to time with the wonderful wet, warm Florida weather. I’ve lost the progressive pictures I took while making this in the garage.

-- DonB

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Francois Vigneron

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 10:40 PM

My wife just saw it and now I have one more project in my honey-do list… ;)
We love the colors. Looks very inviting.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 10:45 PM

Has really held up well and the re-finish came out great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 10:51 PM

I like the color and the style. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 10:51 PM

I like the color and the style. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 10:54 PM

I am willing to bet a dollar that if you had bought a similiar looking bench from a store 17 years ago and had it out on your stoop all these years it would not look like that now! You would have had to replace it a decade ago. Which is why decent furniture is expensive!!!

Great looking bench! I bet it can tell some stories.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 11:30 PM

You guys make me blush. To be honest though, my bride of 50 years picks the colors and sometimes picks the project. She likes to see something in a mag. and says “Can you make that?” Of course, there is nothing that we guys cant do so,....

-- DonB

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 01:29 AM

That’s a great looking bench, nice desaign and great colour. It certainly stood the test of time. It looks like new.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 06:25 AM

Great looking bench.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 12:29 PM

The bench looks great. If you don’t mind, what type of wood and finish?

I was looking forward to making some adirondak chairs, but cedar prices have gone crazy since I built my shed sided with cedar T-11 and trimmed with solid cedar. I finished it with Olympic solid color stain in a cream color with dark green trim. I am somewhat enamered with the results as after ten years it was looking a bit tired. A quick power wash and a fresh coat a week later (to allow it to f=dry thoroughly, and it looked like new. No scraping pr sanding required.



-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 01:16 PM

This is so clean looking and done very nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 03-03-2012 02:47 PM

Pittsburgh Tim: The legs/back support and undercarriage are all pressure treated. Pain in the neck to work with. The back slats, seat and double arms are all southern pine. The back legs are one piece, cut from a pressure treated 2×6. As I said earlier, this is an older project and therefore the wood was treated, but not dripping wet like some of the stuff is today. The green paint is forest green that has a tint of blue in the green. The same color as the planter I recently made. The clear is indoor/outdoor Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane. Its slight orange tint is just due to age. However, I like that color with the green. Thanks for the compliment and for asking.

-- DonB

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#12 posted 03-03-2012 02:59 PM

DonB – Truly a nice build! Very inviting, professionally doe, with a great finish and proportions. Held up that well for years is a testament to your skills w/ m&t. Congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 03-03-2012 05:19 PM

This is a really nice bench Don. It looks very well made I love the way you painted it too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 03-03-2012 10:32 PM

Your wife has immaculate taste in design and color. You are the craftsman, well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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