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My Uncle's Bench

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 380 days ago 1072 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I swapped labor for labor: my uncle added a 20amp circuit and lights to my garage shop and I built him a park bench. I bought all the electrical supplies and he bought all the wood.

We made some minor modifications to a plan in the June/July 2006 issue of Wood Magazine and are quite pleased with the results. We dropped out the decorative cut out in the top rail (a place for moss to collect) and raised the seat by lengthening the legs. We used western red cedar and finished it using a spar urethane. I did complete a blog series on the build. Thanks for looking





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eugenie

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#1 posted 380 days ago

Very nice bench, and I like the trading idea. What is spar urethane? I am looking for a good finish for my new outside bench model.

-- Eugenie Woodcraft

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MasterSergeant

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#2 posted 379 days ago

Bartering! Good job you both came out ahead on this transaction!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 379 days ago

It’s a very nice bench and I’m sure that he must have been happy with his end of the deal.

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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Ottacat

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#4 posted 379 days ago

I think your uncle got the sweet end of the deal :)

Really beautifully bench. I find the design and proportions to be extremely harmonious and pleasing. Your build quality is top notch – wonderful use of grains.

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 379 days ago

Very nice bench, looks great….Bartering is a good way to get things done, trading skills for skills… well done.

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

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eddie

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#6 posted 379 days ago

nice build

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Aaron McCain

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#7 posted 379 days ago

@eugenie Here is a link that has information about spar urethane

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Tom Regnier

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#8 posted 378 days ago

Very nice

-- Rome wasn't built in a day..... it just looks that way!

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 376 days ago

Great looking and well made bench! Looks comfortable with its design and very nice finish. Great job!

—www.sawblade.com

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