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Project by Michael Sanders posted 437 days ago 1654 views 22 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench was designed and commissioned by Michael Frederick, AIA LEED AP, of Frederick + Frederick Architects. It is an outdoor bench/chaise, intended to have a cushion. I constructed it out of thermally-modified ash, a new-ish, sustainably treated lumber.

The frame of the bench is constructed with pegged mortise and tenon and bridal joints. The slats are attached with stainless screws, countersunk and capped. The back slats are joined in the corner with opposing, compound dovetails. The upper armrest is joined with a half lapped, half dovetail.

I finished it with Penofin Verde, a sustainable penetrating oil designed for exterior use. The bench sits in fairly direct sunlight for 6+ hours a day. The last image is the bench installed with cushion 8 months after delivery. Still looks good, showing a little silver as it should, but could be revived easily with some more Penofin.

If you haven’t heard of thermally modified wood, check out http://www.westwoodcorporation.com/what.html more information.

Let me know what you think!

-- Michael Sanders, Charleston, SC, "Tight joints and clean lines"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 436 days ago

Amazing design and build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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aussiedave

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#2 posted 436 days ago

Really lovely bench Michael and with that thick cushion it looks like a great place to sit back with a coffee and the Sunday morning paper for a relaxing read…..:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Scott Oldre

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#3 posted 436 days ago

beautiful design and execution. Modern and classic at the same time. Also like the color you chose to use. Nicely done and thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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workerinwood

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#4 posted 436 days ago

Very nice! Great design and craftsmanship. Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 436 days ago

Very stylish. Nice work and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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danoaz

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#6 posted 436 days ago

That is sweet. I have started doing some outdoor furniture and this certainly gives me some idea. Great job.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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eddie

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#7 posted 436 days ago

beautiful build

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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iamcliff

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#8 posted 436 days ago

Unique. Looks awesome.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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#9 posted 436 days ago

Great original design and a lot of nice detail work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 436 days ago

very different, love the look

-- live life to the fullest!

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Fishinbo

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#11 posted 433 days ago

Amazing work on that fabulous bench. Great design, joinery and the wood has nice color and grains. It looks comfortable and inviting.

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