Garden Bench

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Project by socrbent posted 10-09-2012 03:37 PM 2091 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first item I’ve made with mortise and tenon joints. Adapted width from Wood Mag plans to to fit the place on our front porch where the wife wanted a bench. Learned lots while making several mistakes as usual. Learned how soft cedar is. I think I could spit and make a mark! If you look carefully at the end shot you can see my patches covering the mistake when gluing up the first mortise and tenon joint on an end assembly (rotated wrong). 2 coats of Waterlox Marine Sealer and 2 of their Marine Finish.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 03:40 PM

this is a great looking bench with a long lasting finish.

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#2 posted 10-09-2012 03:51 PM

Beautiful bench. Great job.

-- Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison

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#3 posted 10-09-2012 04:01 PM

Nice bench! Your wife should be very happy seeing this!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 10-09-2012 04:30 PM

Nice Bench.

I think I may try to get on done before Christmas.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 10-09-2012 05:31 PM

Nice job! Shiny!

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#6 posted 10-10-2012 12:34 AM

Nice bench ! I made the same mistake on my first bench too – pretty easy to do . . .

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

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#7 posted 10-12-2012 11:42 PM

That’s a sweet looking bench. I just built some outdoor furniture and really enjoyed doing it. You picked a stellar finish, Waterlox products are the best, I have used them for years. Nice job.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 01:51 PM

dont know how I didnt see this when you posted it. That is one sweet bench !!!!

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#9 posted 10-19-2012 02:35 PM

Thanks for all the positive posts! Wife really likes it to which is the most important part.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 03:00 AM

It all looks good to me! Nice job!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 01-31-2013 04:41 PM

Check this out. Move to the sun or shade option.

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#12 posted 01-31-2013 04:47 PM

Wow! That bench looks great. You did a nice job of finishing it and it’s very sturdy looking.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 01-31-2013 05:05 PM

jim c – while the wheel barrow idea is creative, it wouldn’t fit on my porch.
helluvawreck – thanks! The design form the Wood Mag plans did create something that should last a long time. Arms and legs are actually laminated from 2 pieces.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#14 posted 01-31-2013 05:29 PM

I should have stated I did not build it.
I found the picture on the internet and thought it was clever. When spring comes and the shop thaws out I may build this as it’s practical and a comversation piece.
One of the great things is if it’s on the lawn, it can easily be moved for mowing.

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