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#1 posted 10-06-2015 08:19 PM

That is a great looking table and benches. Looks like a lot of diagonal lap joints with a mortised stretcher with that pin holding it in place. Another thing you need to think about is the wood your going to use.

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With my current level of experience I can see that the construction is going to present a few challenges, but that’s part of the appeal. I’ve got some ideas about how to proceed based on research in this forum and others, but I’ve got no doubt that I’ll need to proceed slowly and deliberately while constantly looking out for the hidden bear-traps that always spring up in unfamiliar territory!

Yes, I’ve been thinking about the kind of wood to use as well. I’ve got a local source of English larch that is very good value (the guy grows the trees himself, and does basic rough milling.) It’s only air dried, but I think that should be fine for garden furniture. I’m going to experiment on some samples and see how it looks with various finishes.

One of the biggest challenges is going to be cutting out the bench and table legs because I don’t have a bandsaw, but I’m planning to get a router, learn how to use that, and then make some templates to cut out the required shapes. I’ve found a company that will make an MDF template from a 2D CAD drawing (cheaply!), so I’m probably going to take that approach (but I have a couple of back-up plans!) I have to confess to never having used a router before, but a few months ago I’d never used a table saw either and these days it feels like a good and familiar friend!

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