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WoodGoddess

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637 days ago

I would like a nice garden bench in my backyard. My tools are very basic. Is this a simple 2nd woodworking project?

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-homes-gardens/diy/articles/a/-/5830091/diy-bench-seat-with-storage/

Do you know of other sites that I may find better woodworking plans to use for a bench? What kind of wood?

Thanks so much everyone!!!!


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HerbC

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#1 posted 637 days ago

WoodGoddess,

Good wood choices for outdoor furniture include cedar (eastern red, northern white, western red or white), redwood, white oak, cypress, teak and ipe. Also black locust.

Worst case situation use pressure treated lumber. Really not recommended due to the toxc nature of the chemicals used to treat the lumber.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

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Betsy

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#2 posted 637 days ago

Wood – that bench should be good to build with basic tools. If there is one cut or another that you can’t do with your current tools, I’m sure we can help you figure out a solution to fit your tools.

Good luck!

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Charlie

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#3 posted 637 days ago

Hemlock also holds up quite well outside.

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Tootles

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#4 posted 635 days ago

From the instructions, it looks like a simple enough build. The magazine, and associated TV program, here in Oz is aimed at people who do not necessarily have highly developed woodworking skills.

The plan specifies Merbau, but typically they simply suggest “hardwood decking” baords. So any timber that is reasonably hard and suitable for outdoor use would be fine.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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WoodGoddess

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#5 posted 633 days ago

I wonder if I should undertake another “smaller” task. Not a garden bench. Any suggestions?

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derosa

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#6 posted 633 days ago

Wood magazine in the last 2 years had a nice bench design built from dimensional lumber using bolts that was simple and easy to build as a first time project. Should be able to find a copy at the library. If I remember correctly it could be built by anyone with a drill and a circular saw although a chop saw would make it easier.

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Sandra

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#7 posted 633 days ago

Hi Goddess,

I very new here myself. IMHO, the smaller tasks are not necessarily easier. I got tremendous pleasure building shelves out of 2×4s. A very large project, but straightforward and didn’t involve anything elaborate. I’d like to try making a tea box next, or an end grain cutting board, both of which seem much more involved.

As my first project, I had done an Adirondack chair. In hindsight I bit off a bit too much, and got very frustrated, but I learned SO much from doing it, I found this website, and gained a lot of confidence in the process.

If you are a bit of a perfectionist, do take the cost of wood into consideration. My chair was the world’s most expensive pine chair – I had to recut several pieces and it takes practice to plan your cuts to minimize waste.

This is a fabulous site – far more reliable than the random how-to videos on youtube. WELCOME.

Sandra

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

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WoodGoddess

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#8 posted 630 days ago

Sandra,

You got me thinking. I was taking a few days and really thinking! lol

Maybe I do need to look at something a bit bigger with simple cuts. I’d want to use it often or at least admire it. I’d love to try my hand at a bit of chiseling. I couldn’t help but be inspired by Livio De Marchi!!! I did a quick write up on him on my blog. He makes wooden panties!!!!

http://woodgoddess.blogspot.com/

What kind of things should I undertake as a first try at chiseling I wonder!

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