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Project by studie posted 07-31-2012 11:03 PM 22590 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a 7’ and a 5’ bench from sawmill cedar 3” x 20” live edge custom cut 2 years old cedar. Still wet but not green wood took 2 weeks to get to 20% mc. We planed all kinds of mortice & tenon joints & such but time and money ran out so we just traced the lines for the boards and plunge cut dados 3” wide and 1 1/2 deep to set the seat and back into the leg/back frames. Using a well tuned framing saw, cut tight to the traced line then many more 1/8” curfs clean up with the router and the fit was so tight that I just used glue and clamps to hold tight. No movement at all and we took back the screws and or Timberlock fasteners so no fasteners at all! Finish is Pro deck stain wet sanded to 180. No question that tight joints or dados in this case work well for lasting projects. Just a note, my last project was about my newly sharpened hand planes and they worked super. Yes I did stage photo my shop with the shavings just for fun, thanks bertha for giving me the hand plane bug and everyone else for being a LJ. Thanks for having a look!

-- $tudie

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 11:08 PM

awesome benches and table!!!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 07-31-2012 11:28 PM

Beautiful job on these. I love cedar and this wood looks great.
They really turned out well and look great on your deck. Nice deck by the way.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 08-01-2012 12:07 AM

Great job!

Very nice looking benches.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-01-2012 12:39 AM

Nice work! Maybe I should collect a bag of shaving to stage my photos ;-) Have any spare?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 08-01-2012 01:45 AM

Thanks all, you can be sure this was a fun build but also full of challenges too. The deck is my friends just newly done with 5/4 cedar coated with pro deck in a medium cedar color. It took some time to fit the seat & backrest into the dados but was worth it, just some sanding to make the fit just right and TIGHT.

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 08-01-2012 01:57 AM


-- Ted, TX or PA

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#8 posted 08-01-2012 02:04 AM

wow your really rockin the ole ex alaskan with that cedar, its darn right puuuuuurrrtyyyyyyyyyy….love the joinery, and no screws…the setting is making me home sick…thanks buddy…lol…..keep at it, yea bertha loves his planes…and he will gladly get you hooked…......enjoyed this post immensely…i good one to close the night with…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 08-01-2012 02:14 AM

Thought you might like this Grizzzz. Lee, Bob, Tex, You guys rock!

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 08-01-2012 09:06 PM

Beautiful wood and great design and joinery and a fantastic setting.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#11 posted 08-01-2012 09:50 PM

Really nice looking benches and table. I can tell that the thing is definitely rock solid and it looks great. Nice job

-- Ben from IL

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#12 posted 08-03-2012 04:43 AM

Great job! I need some of those and think I might just do something similar.

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#13 posted 08-04-2012 01:24 PM

Well made and very fitting benches and table for the natural country setting .
Nice joinery ,no exposed fasteners .

-- Kiefer

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