|Project by Michael Sanders||posted 06-10-2013 12:13 AM||2284 views||24 times favorited||12 comments|
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"