New Deck #7: The first bench is done

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Blog entry by Karson posted 05-02-2008 01:39 AM 6451 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well is was a good day for working outside. A little cloudy, a little sunny, a few drizzles, but nothing to make it unbearable.

I failed to take pictures of the straight bench being made, but, here it is.

The seat is 14 1/2” wide (4 – 1X4’s) The straight bench was designed as 5’ long, but then trimmed to final fitting. So it’s a little longer as sitting here. The legs are 2X4’s 17” long with a 3” rail at top and bottom with 1 1/2” tenons on each rail. So all 28 legs have mortises on each end and 28 rails were made 6” long with a 1 1/2” tenon on each end. The shoulders were cut on the table saw and the tenons were trimmed with the bandsaw. They were glued together with Gorilla Glue. The aprons on the bench were 2X4’s screwed to the legs with 3” screws. The legs on the straight section were 18” apart. Giving 4 legs covering most of the straight section of the bench.

Now on to the curved bench:

I wanted the bench to have the same curve as the deck. Which was 22’ radius. I just layed the board on top of the deck and drew a line to give me the first curve. The seat slats were 1 X 4 on the straight bench but I started with 1 X 6 on the curved bench. The curve turns out to be a 1 1/4” movement in a 4’ section. So with the deck just touching the edge at the 2’ mark the ends are marked at 1 1/4” in. I cut the 8 slates needed for the two curved benches ending up with a curved 1 X 4, really a 1 X 3.5”. The 4 boards ended up being the same as the 14.5” of the straight bench. The curve was cut on the bandsaw.

The aprons on the curved bench were also made curved. I put the appropriate marks on the edge of a 2 X 4 and cut then out. I then glued and screwed them to straight 2 X 4’s

They are then changed placed and you end up with this.

I then started putting the legs in place.

I then carried it to the deck and placed it in position so that I could identify the cut lines.

The piece of the curved apron was cut off and the bench repositioned.

I then layed the curved seat slats on the bench. I knew that I needed some long seat slats and some short seats slate. Here you will notice that I installed and trimmed them in the wrong position.

Easiily fixed. trim another 1 1/2” off the length of the curve bench.

A little clean up.


AS of right now they are not screwed to the deck, but they are quite stable because the L sections are screwed together.

1 straight section already made, 1 more curved section to go.

Have a great night. Were ordering Pizza.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Richard Williams

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#1 posted 05-02-2008 01:51 AM

Wow! What a job you are doing. I know a perfect Partner for you and together you both could build anything. This man’s name is well known but he is gone now so I guess you will have to keep working on your own for now. However, I know HE is smiling down on you because the talents you have came from Him. Really looking good Karson. You can build me a deck anytime. God Bless.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#2 posted 05-02-2008 02:59 AM

Thanks Richard. It will be a pleasure to work with Him. Meanwhile I keep busy here for for a while.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-02-2008 03:29 AM


These benches are a nice touch to a beautiful deck. Wonderful job.

I can see that you are having fun.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 04:20 AM

really enjoying this series!!! i love the bench…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 05-02-2008 04:40 AM

Karson, this is a very nice deck you have going here. Thanks for sharing the process, I’m getting some great ideas!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#6 posted 05-02-2008 04:53 AM

Looking real nice Karson.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 05-02-2008 05:54 AM

At the rate you’re going you’ll have the entire backyard covered on wood in no time at all!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 05-02-2008 02:41 PM

I really do like the curve idea you put together. Balanced out the deck nicely. Great work, well done.

-- JJohn

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#9 posted 05-03-2008 09:53 AM

Very nice job for an old geezer. Just kidding, very nice. Job well done Karson, your’e the man. No doubt. When it come to making just about anything you got the goods and knowhow. Pretty soon we’ll be saying “why thats a
Morrison”. You know like they say thats a Maloof. Aww forget it. your buddy mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 05-05-2008 05:44 AM

Hey Karson;

You could probably get a job doing this stuff!

Nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Callum Kendall

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#11 posted 05-05-2008 09:52 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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