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Project by socrbent posted 692 days ago 1420 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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a1Jim

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#1 posted 692 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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JSJWood

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#2 posted 692 days ago

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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Surfside

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#3 posted 692 days ago

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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ChrisK

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#4 posted 692 days ago

Nice Bench.

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

-- Chris K

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Chris Moellering

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#5 posted 692 days ago

Nice job! Shiny!

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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MonteCristo

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#6 posted 691 days ago

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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dshute

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#7 posted 689 days ago

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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prattman

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#8 posted 682 days ago

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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socrbent

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#9 posted 682 days ago

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

-- socrbent Ohio

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HorizontalMike

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#10 posted 637 days ago

It all looks good to me! Nice job!

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

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jim C

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#11 posted 578 days ago

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

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 578 days ago

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

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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socrbent

213 posts in 906 days


#13 posted 578 days ago

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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jim C

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#14 posted 578 days ago

Helluvawreck
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.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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