Garden Bench from construction lumber

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Project by Silverhill posted 12-10-2014 06:21 PM 2724 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is not much of a woodworking project as it was more of a carpentry project. But it is my latest project. It is not an original, it is a stock plan from the Yella Wood site, here:

My original idea was to build it from treated wood, with untreated seat slats and back slats. I was going to let it weather in to a nice patina, naturally. Well, I was not thinking when I started the build. I just grabbed the untreated wood and went to it, just cutting and fitting, gluing and screwing, and having fun. After the point of no return, I realized my mistake. Hmmm… what to do about it. Continue and have a garden bench that will not last but a few years, or trash what I had and start over with the treated wood. Decisions, decisions, it was not as much fun now. I decided to keep going forward with it, but use treated wood for the legs since they contact the ground. I will just build a second bench with the treated wood that I had bought and buy more untreated for the seat slats. About this time, I realized mistake #2. My original plan was to narrow the seating to 48” to get 2 slats from an 8’ board. Another trip to the Box store for additional untreated. At this point I was asking myself, where did the fun go?

In each project, I try to incorporate something new so as to be learning or getting experience at new things. On the build, I hid the screw heads that I mounted the arms and the very front bottom slat with. I knew that using pine, that tearout would be an issue. I went forward anyway; drilling, and sinking the deck screws and plugging the holes with pieces of dowel.

As I got closer to being finished, I decided that It should be painted to help preserve the wood a little longer. My wife and I agreed on the color. It was the pale yellow that our garage was painted with, and just happened to have a gallon of it on hand. I left the treated wood legs unpainted till they dry out in a couple of months.

Along with my original plan to narrow the seating to 48”, I also adjusted the seat height and arm height to fit me, but try to keep the proportions in line with the original. It is a comfortable fit for me. I also used 2×6 for the arms, and for the front seat slat.

The third picture shows my impromptu miter saw extension arraignment. In time I will deal with that situation.

Thanks for looking at my latest, and thanks for any comments and as always, constructive criticism welcomed.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#1 posted 12-11-2014 02:45 AM

Looks good!

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#2 posted 12-12-2014 01:22 AM

Michael—- You have some very nice benches and chairs on your projects page. I am amazed at them.

I’m just a Noob at woodworking! I hope to make nicer ones as I progress.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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