3rd of 3 Park Benches

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Project by SouthpawCA posted 08-01-2013 06:22 PM 2285 views 19 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the 3rd of the 3 Park Benches that I was commissioned to make. This, by far, is the best of the 3. With each bench I changed up the plan slightly. The first bench was made according to the plan found in Wood Magazine (June/July 2006). The 2nd bench I replaced the screws on the tenons instead using mahogany pegs which pulled the joints tight.

This last bench I eliminated the grove on the back upper and lower rails that was used to hold the slats and then insert small spacers. Instead I did complete mortise and tenon joinery. I did not use glue to hold the slats, but to keep them fairly secure from any sideways motion I used silicon. I’ve been testing this method out for awhile now without any adverse affects on the slats so I decided to use it on this bench. The silicon appears to give enough for any wood movement but will keep any water from getting into the mortise.

The bench is made of quartersawn white oak and mahogany. The finish is Olympic Maximum sprayed. I really liked this bench so I decided to not only place the brand and date it … I signed it. And, of course, there are the ever present shop dogs who were the first to jump and sit on it.

Now I think I’ll make one for myself.

Thanks for looking

-- Don

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 07:40 PM

It’s a beauty and you did a fine job on it.

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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#2 posted 08-01-2013 11:45 PM

Nice bench build sir…good job

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 08-02-2013 01:14 AM

Very nice. Beautiful bench.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 08-02-2013 01:28 AM


Nice and sturdy…


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 06:07 AM

Nice work

-- Vince

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 09:35 AM

What a great bench! The finish looks amazing. I always like when someone takes the time to plug the screw holes. I like the contrast on the plugs, nice added interest. Cute doggies, not your retrivers though? LOL We have a Chlt Lab, love her to death.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Randy Sharp

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#7 posted 08-02-2013 01:55 PM

Don, thanks for sharing. Your craftsmanship is beautiful. I think the corbels really add a special touch. Good call on backing up the joints with screws.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 08-02-2013 05:20 PM

Fantastic! I love the look of this.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 08-04-2013 03:26 AM

Great looking work Don, keep em comin!

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#10 posted 08-07-2013 11:47 PM

Very nice

-- Alvarez

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