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Project by riverguy posted 664 days ago 1945 views 28 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After the day’s work on a remodel job, there were these four and five-foot pieces of 2×6 and 1×3 left over, and my Lovely Bride had been asking me to build a small bench to go under this huge tree in the middle of our backyard. This is what I made for her. The pics are self explanatory. I routed the edges of the 2×6 support members and shaped the arms on my belt sander with a 60-grit belt, “finishing” them to 120 grit with a R/O sander. After these pics were taken, I finished the bench with two coats of Sikkens Cetol, which I use on all outdoor projects. I’ve had some of those living outside for many years and they still look great. The bench is assembled with deck screws in counterbored holes that got plugged with 3/8” plugs made from the same scrap wood. Best part about it is the materials (except for the screws) were free!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com





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rdjack21

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#1 posted 663 days ago

Well I have to say I love it! Actually I think it is one of the best bench designs I’ve seen on here. Could you take some pics showing how the legs go together and maybe one from under it.

Thanks

-- --- Richard Jackson

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TheAleGuy

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#2 posted 663 days ago

Very well done beautiful bench. Your bride should be proud of you and very happy with a great bench.

-- J. L. , Kinsman, Ohio

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 663 days ago

Nice save on the wood. Really clean lines.

Well done

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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riverguy

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#4 posted 663 days ago

Well I have to say I love it! Actually I think it is one of the best bench designs I’ve seen on here. Could you take some pics showing how the legs go together and maybe one from under it.

Thanks

——- Richard Jackson
Richard, we recently sold the house where I built the bench and the buyer insisted on it being a part of the deal! (I promised my Bride I’d build her another.) So I can’t take any more photos of it, but I can try to explain how it went together. I did post another photo of the side so you can see how the legs go together. They are just lapped over each other, glued with outdoor glue and screwed with half a dozen 2 1/2” deck screws. All screw holes are plugged and you can see the plugs in the photos. There’s a 2×4 across the back at the bottom of the rear slats, and three shaped 2×4 supports hold up the seat slats. Upi cand see one of them peeking out in the photo. The outer 2×4s are screwed to the legs and all three are screwed to the 2×4 going across the back. The bench is only a bit over 4’ wide, so the seat support is ample. I did make drawings of the bench but can’t find them right now. I need them again, so when I do I’ll say so here and anyone can have a copy. It’s really pretty simple; just make it standard chair height but tilt the back rearward a bit farther than a chair. I hope that helps!

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com

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majeagle1

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#5 posted 663 days ago

I have to say I agree with Richard above….. this is one of the absolute best benches I have ever seen!!!
The simple and unique but elegant design, the soft edges and the flawless craftsmanship make this a true
winner!!! Thanks for sharing

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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davidroberts

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#6 posted 663 days ago

very nice lines, simple = understated elegance in this case. I recently read someone else swearing by Sikkens for outdoor furniture. Is it a special order product? or do Rocklers or Woodcraft carry it? Maybe Highlands? The final coat was cut in half IIRC. How do you keep it from racking? I believe I see a stretcher board under the seat. I can rack anything, trust me…

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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okwoodshop

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#7 posted 663 days ago

thanks for sharing,a good way to use scraps and I love things you can actually use. I will have to add this to my bucket list

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JarodMorris

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#8 posted 663 days ago

Perfect description….simple and attractive. It is both and then some.

-- Dad: Someone was supposed to pick up his toys! Son: My name isn't "Someone".

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riverguy

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#9 posted 662 days ago

very nice lines, simple = understated elegance in this case. I recently read someone else swearing by Sikkens for outdoor furniture. Is it a special order product? or do Rocklers or Woodcraft carry it? Maybe Highlands? The final coat was cut in half IIRC. How do you keep it from racking? I believe I see a stretcher board under the seat. I can rack anything, trust me…

—david roberts, spinning Tales from Topographic Oceans, no, really.

Sikkens products aren’t carried by most paint stores, maybe because they’re so pricey? I don’t know, but just google Sikkens Cetol, or go here for some great tech info on their products: http://www.paintsource.net/pages/products/sikkens/sikkens_MAIN.htm. Up until 11 months ago when we moved back to CA, we lived in Hawaii for 19 years and I used Sikkens “23 Plus” on anything that needed to withstand Hawaii’s salt, humidity and sun. I’ve used it on exterior bare wood and peeled Ohia poles that after 10 years right on the ocean still looked good. Best to lightly sand and recoat after maybe 5 years. The stuff is amazing and well worth the money. In our area it’s close to $100/gallon, but when you compare performance and price with good spar varnish, Cetol still wins. The only issue with “23 Plus” is that it has a slightly orange color that will alter the color of the wood. It doesn’t make it “orange,” but slightly tints it in that direction. Cetol also makes water-clear products, but they are not quite as bullet-proof. I use them for exterior doors, etc., when I want to preserve the actual color of the wood.

Never had a problem with any twist or other structural issues with the bench. It was placed on solid level footings, and after that, my wife and I sat on it often, kids played on it, jumped on it, and it never seemed to mind.

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 662 days ago

very nice design,great job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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NormG

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#11 posted 662 days ago

Looks great and love the way you plugged the holes

-- Norman

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rdjack21

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#12 posted 654 days ago

man the more I look at this bench the more I like it! I have come back and looked at this bench multiple times and it just keeps growing on me. I just had to favorite it and let it perculate some more because I’m eventually going to build one inspired by this.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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riverguy

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#13 posted 654 days ago

man the more I look at this bench the more I like it! I have come back and looked at this bench multiple times and it just keeps growing on me. I just had to favorite it and let it perculate some more because I’m eventually going to build one inspired by this.

——- Richard Jackson

I’m glad you like it. I’ve always thought of it as kind of an exercise in the elegance of simplicity. If I can help you get started on your own, holler!

Skip

-- Skip, Forestville, CA, http://www.sonomastainedglass.com

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