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Project by KnickKnack posted 11-14-2008 04:34 PM 2943 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s the outdoor bench – I think I saw something along these lines somewhere, but I can’t remember where. I like the clean, simple, straight, minimalist look of it.

Beech, oil/varnish/turps finish.

There are some notes and the drawing in the blog here ...

Here it is 9 months later – it’s survived the winter, an unseasonably hot February, and half of the summer – most days we spend some time on it – lunch if it’s not too hot, or we drink the evening (post solar shower) coffee there.

9 months on

Ref Charlie’s coments…
1) “Iā€™d have countersunk the screw heads and put some plugs or button caps over them.”
I considered that, but it seemed like the kind of design where you shouldn’t try to “hide” the construction.
2) “I think I would have put a round-over edges of the back and seat slats.”
The edges are very slightly rounded – just enough that they’re not sharp. The wife is a big one for the round-edge thing, but this just seemed so “geometric” that I didn’t think that would look right.

-- "Do not speak ā€“ unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 11-14-2008 05:27 PM

I like it. It has a sturdy but attractive appearance.

Just a couple of personal-preference-type observations:

1) I’d have countersunk the screw heads and put some plugs or button caps over them.
2) I think I would have put a round-over edges of the back and seat slats.

Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-14-2008 05:47 PM

I have been wanting to build a simple bench for the back yard so I can sit there and enjoy my gardens.I like the style of yours.It looks like something maybe I could try to make.Thanks for sharing it.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#3 posted 11-14-2008 08:20 PM

Looks strong and stable. Great job!
Simple and straight foward design, but most importantly – it is functional!

Thanks for the post.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 07-24-2009 05:05 PM

A very ultra-modern design, & beautiful piece of work. GOOD LUCK!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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