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Black Walnut 6 foot bench

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Project by Michael posted 02-08-2014 01:12 AM 1154 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench as a commissioned piece for a neighbor. Black walnut is probably my favorite wood to work with. Sitting width of approximately six feet, mortise and tennon joinery-re enforced with screws where applicable. I used Minwax Water based spar urethane in an HVLP gun to finish it. These benches have become quite popular, if you look at my projects there are several just like it. $$

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang





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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 01:53 AM

The bench looks comfortable and sturdy!

Question though: will walnut hold up to the elements? I love walnut, and hadn’t thought about using it outside.

-- Dean

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Michael

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 02:16 AM

Whoa!!!!!!!!! It iisn’t intended to be kept outside. I just had it on the porch when the customer arrived to pick it up so I got a good picture while it was in the sunlight. I let people know that and if they want an outdoor bench we’ll go with cypress or treated lumber

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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MasterSergeant

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 12:32 PM

Very nice! I can see many conversations while sitting on it in the future.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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clarkey

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 01:03 PM

Sweet looking bench

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robert triplett

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#5 posted 02-08-2014 08:12 PM

Nice work. You have reminded me that I need to replace my similar Redwood bench I made about 25 years ago. I am wondering how Walnut would work on a covered but open porch. I did not like how soft the Redwood was. Especially when my younger son put his BB gun target on it one day. He wasn’t a very good shot!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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medsker

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#6 posted 02-08-2014 11:37 PM

I like walnut as well…looks like a sturdy bench that will be put to good use!

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Michael

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 12:47 AM

Triplett,

Walnut has a pretty high resistance to decay etc per the wood handbook but at about $8-10 a bdf I might find something else if I were you. Cypress would be my next choice, it’s not too expensive and holds up well. Next would be treated lumber, it gets a bad rap but if you really sort through the stuff and find some tight grained, knot free lumber, then let it air dry for 2-3 months it turns out just fine.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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Fishinbo

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#8 posted 02-12-2014 03:51 PM

Beautiful and sturdy bench! Great design and like the wood choice. It will last long for the family to enjoy. Great work!

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