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edwood1975

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05-22-2015 05:25 PM

I want to make this curved firepit bench below, I saw someone make it without plans and I’m trying to design it on Sketchup , to no avail. The guy used pocket hole joinery …please help I really want to build this for a good friend of mine…..

If anyone has plans please feel free to share

-- Ed


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#1 posted 05-22-2015 08:59 PM

No back and change the angle. This might work for ya.

http://www.woodstore.net/plans/outdoor/outdoor-furniture/1044-Made-in-the-Shade-Tree-Bench.html

-- Gary

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#2 posted 05-22-2015 09:44 PM

If you don’t use sketchup regularly, don’t beat yourself up. A good pencil and graph paper can be more useful and faster (well always faster). I have built from both and rarely prefer the computer. You can make a call out detail with pencil in a minute or two.

Cuda gave you a great start, you might need nothing more.

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#3 posted 05-22-2015 10:52 PM

Design should be fairly simple.

First, determine the height and depth you want (18” height is common. Depth between 24-30”)—-and the length of the bench and radius of the curve. (I drew an example below)

Build some simple 2×4 frames. Locate bottom stretchers and diagonal braces. Then lay out and cut the top “deck”

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#4 posted 05-23-2015 12:28 AM

Design should be fairly simple.

First, determine the height and depth you want (18” height is common. Depth between 24-30”)—-and the length of the bench and radius of the curve. (I drew an example below)

Build some simple 2×4 frames. Locate bottom stretchers and diagonal braces. Then lay out and cut the top “deck”

- jerryminer

jerryminer thank you so much for the models and there great , if I may ask a question about the geometry of the design as that is the main component of the bench that I’m having difficulty with
My design idea will have dimensions of
18” high x 72”wide and 18” deep following your exact design accept I’ll be putting 2×2 seat supports
1. The 2×4 bottom bench supports what’s the bevel measurement ( is it 15°In assuming this bevel cut is what gives the entire bench its curve!!
2. How to measure each lat in the seat while trying to achieve the curve

-- Ed

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jerryminer

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#5 posted 05-23-2015 03:39 AM

The angles will depend on the radius you want. I can sketch up a plan view if you give me the dimensions (overall width and radius)

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#6 posted 05-23-2015 04:56 AM

Here is one example, using an 8-foot radius:

SketchUp is great for this kind of thing, but if you can’t get SketchUp to work for you, I would suggest laying it out on paper or something—-maybe scaled down to a manageable size—- so you can see the relationships and the angles.

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#7 posted 05-23-2015 01:06 PM

Here is one example, using an 8-foot radius:

SketchUp is great for this kind of thing, but if you can t get SketchUp to work for you, I would suggest laying it out on paper or something—-maybe scaled down to a manageable size—- so you can see the relationships and the angles.

- jerryminer


If you don t use sketchup regularly, don t beat yourself up. A good pencil and graph paper can be more useful and faster (well always faster). I have built from both and rarely prefer the computer. You can make a call out detail with pencil in a minute or two.

Cuda gave you a great start, you might need

Here is one example, using an 8-foot radius:

SketchUp is great for this kind of thing, but if you can t get SketchUp to work for you, I would suggest laying it out on paper or something—-maybe scaled down to a manageable size—- so you can see the relationships and the angles.

- jerryminer

Hi Jerry,
Thanks again and to be honest I quite like your 8’ radius… Your design shows a angled cut of 84.3° does that mean you cut 4.7° on the chop saw..

Could you please email me your plans so I can read them easier and maybe get it right in my head….
(ekeogh1975@gmail.com)

-- Ed

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cutmantom

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#8 posted 05-23-2015 01:56 PM

Make it in three pieces, easier to move, can make as many as you want

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jerryminer

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#9 posted 05-23-2015 04:01 PM

Ed—I sent you an email. To get a 84.3 degree angle, set your saw to 5.7 deg. (90 – 84.3)

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#10 posted 05-23-2015 05:09 PM

That is very attractive bench for a round fire pit.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#11 posted 05-24-2015 01:32 AM

Great work Jerry!

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