Two-Seater Garden Bench

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Project by jinkyjock posted 08-01-2014 08:00 PM 1436 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,
This project is a result of someone, who was unaware of my woodworking, seeing a previous project I had made (my “Fence-Post Bench”) and asking for something specifically hand-made for his family.
It has all been a bit of a rush as I only got the wood two weeks ago today.

The family involved are connected to my family through marriage, and 3 months ago lost their 29yr.old son after a period of illness. They have made a small memorial garden in their backyard, and wanted the bench as somewhere special for them to sit, and I suppose remember the good times.
The small boy in pic.2 is Martin’s grandson who feigned shyness, but stubbornly refused to give up his seat !!!
The wood I used was Scottish White Oak, which was felled, sawn, and air-dried all in the Edinburgh area.
The 1st pic is after I had rough cut the boards and selected which pieces would suit certain components.
I had some waste as there were some pieces with bad shakes which had to be put aside.
But luckily there were also some nice pieces of “Pippy Oak” that I managed to incorporate into the design.

Martin and his family are having a get-together to-morrow (Saturday) with friends to open the garden, so I had to simplify the build/design to hit the deadline.
Also after initial planing I had to leave larger components for a couple of days to allow for movement.
All of the joints are either half-lap or through tenons, reinforced with hardwood dowels.
The back section is biscuit-jointed onto the rear seat panel, and fixed on to the leg/arm structure with dowels and expansion plates.

To finish the bench, I planed and sanded to 240 (ROS) all the component parts.
I then applied 3 coats of exterior Poly Varnish over 3 days, lightly sanding between coats.

All in all I am reasonably happy with the outcome considering the time constraints.
Please have a look, and I would be happy to receive any comments/questions on this build.
Thank you for your time.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 08:49 PM

Very attractive with outstanding joinery.

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 10:31 PM

I’d say your getting better with each bench.
Keep it going…...............

-- mike...............

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#3 posted 08-02-2014 08:55 PM

Great plan for a worthy cause, love the details

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 02:00 PM

Hello Jinky, I love your bench and the details of it’s construction. Too bad we were not closer on this planet, because I saw a few boots in your off-cuts! Thanks for sharing your story.
Regards, Roman, the Bootman!

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