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First Red Oak Garden Bench

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Project by danoaz posted 06-10-2013 10:43 PM 901 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first attempt at a simple red oak garden bench that She wanted for the backyard. I spent more time on the design than in actually making it because I had to take into account the tools I had (or didn’t have) and my novice skill level. I had posted an unfinished version to get everyone’s help on what to to with it for our hot Phoenix sun. I finished it with two coats of Watco Danish Golden Oak Oil and then several coats of the Man-O-War Spar varnish. One of many things I learned was that I ended up adding a center brace under the 3/4” slates because while it would hold a person it seemed a little too bouncy. The back slates are 1/2” and don’t get as much pressure with the top being 3/4” more for a thicker look. If I were to build another I would try to angle the back more. I wrapped the feet in copper and plan on getting some flat stones for its final resting place. I told my wife she had to pick out a cushion and some pillows. I did the easy part.
Thanks for everyone’s help.

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





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HorizontalMike

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#1 posted 06-10-2013 11:22 PM

Looks nice and sturdy. IMO, that center brace helps quite a bit.

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

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 06-11-2013 01:31 AM

Looks very well proportioned and sturdy. Should last a lifetime with that finish. Like you, I spend 90% thinking and dreaming, and 10% doing, but it eventually gets the job done.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 06-12-2013 06:26 PM

I really like that design. I’m wondering how red oak will weather under that acid producing pine tree though.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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danoaz

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#4 posted 06-12-2013 07:51 PM

@RussellAP – Yeah, I am wondering too and so that is why I put several layers of Spar varnish on it. I see it as an experiment to see how it holds up.

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

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RussellAP

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#5 posted 06-12-2013 07:54 PM

My experience with Spar on pine didn’t work out so well. After only one year the pine is growing mold due to light infiltration. I wish arm-r-seal could be used outdoors.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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danoaz

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#6 posted 06-12-2013 08:01 PM

@RussellAP – So if I understand you, the moisture in the pine got trapped and the heat from the sun created a mold that was sealed under the Spar…interesting. I will watch for that.

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

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isaac42

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#7 posted 06-14-2013 04:20 PM

Very nice. Do you care to share the plans? My wife would like one of these.

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danoaz

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#8 posted 06-16-2013 04:47 PM

Here is an image but I am not sure this will work. I did the design in AutoCAD and converted into a JPG through a Photoshop program. I don’t know how to attach a file that you can download. If someone can tell me I will do it.
One thing to note is that I made changes as I built this and after I screwed it all together but didn’t glue it. For instance the horizontal rails for the seat and bottom of legs are on the inside of the legs and not outside. I also added a horizontal member in the center for the seat. All of the slats are 2.5 wide and the seat is 3/4 with the back pieces being 1/2 except for the top which is 3/4. I also didn’t recess the seat slats for ease of creation. I hope this helps.

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

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