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Project by RickL posted 688 days ago 2992 views 23 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A client contacted me to build a garden bench to donate to her church as the redo the landscaping. I shared with her a number of designs and she chose the Japanese inspired Garden Bench. The plans came from FWW. This is solid, clear, white oak with 3 coats of spar varnish for added protection. There are 40+ mortise and tenons and I chose to cut the tenons by hand, and my Delta mortiser as opposed to the authors recommendation to use a router and template for the mortises (morti?) I tried that method on one leg and decided to go with what I am familiar with, old habits etc. etc. I used my Moxon Vise with the Benchcrafted hardware since my new bench is yet to me constructed (next project). This is a very heavy bench, with the exception of the seat slats, all other parts were made from 6/4 and 8/4 stock. The church was extremely pleased to see the finished bench. Thanks for looking.

-- Rick, Union,KY firstlightwoodworking.blogspot.com





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joshtank

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#1 posted 688 days ago

yes! mega hefty and great looking bench

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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andysworkshop

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#2 posted 688 days ago

Great looking bench. I agree with you, sometimes doing things with chisel and mallet just feels better then by machine. And I only count 34 mortise and tenons. Cheers

-- http://www.andysworkshop.ca or http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/276174165770855

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SCOTSMAN

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#3 posted 688 days ago

I am not surprised they were extremelly pleased, it looks great to me. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 687 days ago

That is a great looking and well constructed bench.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Texchappy

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#5 posted 687 days ago

Very Nice!

-- Wood is not velveeta

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bvdon

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#6 posted 687 days ago

Nice work!

-- http://woodwork.me

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tamboti

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#7 posted 687 days ago

Hi Rick Great looking bench job well done I made one out of Meranti also from FWW a lot of work but well worth it Regards Roger

-- Africa is not for sissies

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 687 days ago

Hi Rick,

Really fine woodworking here! That is a great looking bench.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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obi999

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#9 posted 687 days ago

Oh yeah, i like this bench right of the first look. Great job!!!
Thank you for sharing

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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Brit

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#10 posted 687 days ago

Great job Rick!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#11 posted 687 days ago

Well, sure they liked it! Its beautiful. As usual, excellence is good enough. I built a bench for my church from some redwood salvaged from a recent remodel but thus far its remained inside; I’m hoping to locate it in a prayer garden, yet to be constructed, somewhere on the grounds. From the looks of this, you’re having a good time since leaving Tennessee. Happy for you. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Everett1

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#12 posted 687 days ago

I like

What kind of wood?

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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MitchMan

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#13 posted 687 days ago

Wow, thats a lot of traditional work. Very nice.

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 687 days ago

Very cool nice work Rick.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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wdworking

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#15 posted 686 days ago

Great looking bench. Will have to look into this one.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Craig http://www.wouldworking.com

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