Garden Bench

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Project by mtkate posted 05-11-2009 03:18 AM 1535 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A pine bench made for the garden. Just finished last week and built from pieces of refurbished pine. The top was from an old desk. I followed the instructions from a medieval furniture book. I didn’t have a bandsaw, so I used the toughest blade on my scrollsaw to shape the rails and the legs. I hand made the mortise and tenons that went into the top. The instructions said you make the tenons in a slight V shape, then clamp them, and many hours later you fit it into the top. This was very difficult and I admit I had to retailor the tenons to get them to finally go in. It took about 15 minutes, after retailoring, to hammer it in completely with a rubber hammer protecting it with plywood. I was probably being overly careful. You can see gaps, but it adds to that rustic feel (so I tell myself). The final reward was to sit on it, and not to feel it cracking beneath me! And it is nearly perfectly level.

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#1 posted 05-11-2009 03:23 AM

That table looks like it could endure a hurricane! Very solidly built and with a neat design. What kid of finish is that? We’ve got a bunch of beetle kill pine out here in Colorado that has that blue hue to it but it is not that consistent.

The table comes across as significant and imposing even though it is not that big. Great job!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 03:28 AM

Heavy duty bench well done


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#3 posted 05-11-2009 03:39 AM

Very nice looking bench. You are one determined woodworker, to cut all that thick wood with a scroll saw. Looks like it came out good and should hold up well. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 03:40 AM

I think the finish was a stroke of luck. First I put on the wood conditioner since the pieces of pine were from at least 3 different sources. I had a can of exterior deck stain – from a bin of seconds at the local hardware store. The color, if I do 2-3 coats, is a dark powdery blue – almost teal. I brushed one coat across and stopped. I had intended to do the 3 coats, to match a garden obelisk I made 2 years ago but it looked good enough so I followed it up with 3 coats of exteriod (mat) varathane.

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#5 posted 05-11-2009 03:58 AM

Sometimes the finish Gods look down and say, “Today is your day!” I’ve had several pieces where things just fell together and I just had to step back and say, “Enough!” Can’t argue with a great result.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#6 posted 10-14-2009 07:43 AM

Wow… tables… so beyond me at this point. Love this.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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