Old Growth Western Red Cedar outdoor bench

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Project by MonteCristo posted 06-11-2012 06:15 PM 3422 views 9 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Western Red Cedar is pretty rot resistant so it’s good in our wet climate for outdoor stuff. This is a Tudor style bench based on a plan I got from Lee Valley Tools. The plan says it is beginner level but that’s a bit optimistic as the back is tilted 10 degrees off vertical so some of the 48 or so motise and tenon joints are not exactly beginner level IMHO. I find most plans disappoint in one way or another.

This bench has a few years of wear and tear on it so you can see that the cedar does stand up pretty well.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 07:14 PM

This is a very nice bench design with a lot of character and it looks like you made it very well MC. In my opinion all garden benches are a bit of a challenge at least at glue up time if not sooner. They sure look great in the garden though and if well made and maintained properly they last quite a long time. Yours seems to be in that category.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 10:40 PM

i really like the shape of that backrest. plus the thicker splat in the middle looks cool.

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 03:03 AM

Yes, it is nice design (unfortunately not mine) and it’s functional too. The flat arms are good for putting a drink on and the sloping back makes it very comfortable. I think there are 48 motise and tenon joints so it takes a while to build. The splats are mortised top and bottom but the trickiest ones I think are in the arms, especially where the arm hits the back leg (which angles at 10 degrees off vertical). Getting a nice fit there was a bit of a challenge.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 04:33 PM

Great bench and awesome lines.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 06-12-2012 10:42 PM

Beautiful bench and if its already a few years old, your workmanship is proven. Congratulations.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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