Indoor/Outdoor bench

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Project by bradyvan posted 04-17-2009 05:11 PM 3459 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Laminated quarter-sawn white oak with Lyptus inlays and sealed with General Finishes – Exterior 450. The wood was an anniversary gift (my kind of gift!) and my wife wanted an outdoor bench – something heavy so it could sit in the front yard and not be easy for someone to pick up and run away with. I decided on the curves to minimize the amount of standing water on the bench. I created two MDF routing templates – one for the leg, and the other for the top and began first bandsawing close to the template, then routting with a double spiral bit and guide bearing to the template for a good finish. Routing quarter-sawn oak end grain is not my favorite thing to do! Drilling two small holes in the same location on each piece of the top, I was able to use a 1/4” dowel to line up the pieces for the glue up. The same concept was used for the leg sub-assemblies. Loose tenons are used in the leg joints. Inlays were added for fun. The sanding process took about 8 hours. Finishing was quick and easy. All in all, it was about 80 hours worth of work. It’s one of my favorite anniversary presents ever!

-- -Brady

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#1 posted 04-17-2009 05:29 PM

Really great design there Brady. Fantastic idea and workmanship there. A real nice piece! Art to sit on.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 04-17-2009 06:55 PM

Very nice lines. Contemporary Asian is way cool. The mitered corners where the legs meet the seat are an excellent feature.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#3 posted 04-17-2009 06:56 PM

Excellent design. The curved lines of this bench are great and they appear to be well worth the effort it took to shape them.

-- Measure twice, cut once, bang into place

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#4 posted 04-17-2009 09:51 PM

Excellent proportions and very pleasing to the eye. Deceivingly simple. If this is going in your yard, I would love to see what you would have made your wife to go in the hall. Nice work.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#5 posted 04-17-2009 11:46 PM

me like..nice work .design

-- hrvoje

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#6 posted 04-17-2009 11:49 PM

design and executation are flawless

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#8 posted 04-20-2009 08:51 PM

looks great, Ive been wanting to build something like that and I really like what you came up with!

great job


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#9 posted 04-21-2009 03:19 PM

Thanks everyone! If I had to build it again, I would probably take a lot of weight out of it by creating a thinner piece. I think I could cut the weight in half and still have a very stable bench.

-- -Brady

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#10 posted 07-02-2009 07:22 AM

Cool looking bench! Good luck in the contest.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 07-03-2009 03:32 PM

Great looking design!
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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patrick m

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#12 posted 07-04-2009 08:08 PM

Nice design. N Good Luck!

-- PJM.`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸ ><((((º> ""BY HAMMER AND HAND ALL ARTS DO STAND""1785-1974 nyc Semper Fi, Patrick M

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#13 posted 07-20-2009 03:26 PM

You really did a nice job there, the sanding process pays off. 8 hours is long but i’ll bet your wife is happy! :)


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#14 posted 08-03-2009 10:41 PM

I like this a lot!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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