My Uncle's Bench

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 07-07-2013 05:11 AM 1475 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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#1 posted 07-07-2013 05:51 AM

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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#2 posted 07-07-2013 01:13 PM

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

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 02:53 PM

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

-- 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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#4 posted 07-07-2013 04:37 PM

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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#5 posted 07-07-2013 05:14 PM

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

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 07-07-2013 06:52 PM

nice build

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Aaron McCain

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#7 posted 07-07-2013 10:52 PM

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

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Tom Regnier

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#8 posted 07-08-2013 11:20 PM

Very nice

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#9 posted 07-10-2013 02:37 PM

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


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