Inspired Plywood Bench

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Project by scuppasteve posted 07-10-2009 04:57 AM 11516 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok so this is my Garden Bench submission. It was originally a goal to see what i could build out of 1 sheet of plywood and other cheep materials. This is inspired by the “Embrace Bench – Peter Chen” in the Fine Woodworking Contemporary Furniture Design. My bench is about 72” x 20” and about 18” Tall. this was made with 1 sheet of 3/4” borg plywood about 3 ft of 1/2” aluminum rod. My Aluminum rod doesnt go through the legs i built the legs around the inset rods. The porous plywood was filled with system 3 epoxy on the whole thing, and finished with General Finishes Exterior stuff… I used some easier joints than Mr. Chen did and i used crappier plywood that had to be filled with epoxy. But i will say I think it turned out pretty great. Especially for about $75 and a bunch of time…

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#1 posted 07-10-2009 05:45 AM

At first glance this looks like a quick cheap bench but when you zoom the pics the true style and craftsmanship that went into becomes very evident. You obviously put a lot of time and effort into this. I like it and I am sure others will too!

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#3 posted 07-10-2009 03:09 PM

Hey it looks like it would work very Good.

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#4 posted 07-10-2009 03:23 PM

interesting work ,
well done !

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#5 posted 07-10-2009 05:42 PM

I agree that at a distance it doesn’t look like much. I’m glad you took a closer pic as that’s where the uniqueness & good look can be seen. Nice job. -SST

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 07:02 PM

Very nice, with all of that epoxy it should last for many years.

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

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#7 posted 07-18-2009 09:05 PM

I think this came out really well. I like the design and especially like that you were challenging yourself to build it out of a single sheet of plywood. Can you explain what the ‘borg’ plywood exactly is? Also did you drill all the way through the seat section for the tubing? Great job!

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#8 posted 07-18-2009 09:38 PM

Borg plywood is Lowes or HD plywood it is 3/4” Birch Hardwood Ply. I did not drill all the way through although it does go in about 6-8 inches.

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#9 posted 07-18-2009 09:41 PM

Nice and comfeeee too well done would take my little a$$ ok LOLAlistair

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#10 posted 07-20-2009 03:29 PM

Unique project. I love being able to make things from Dimensioned woord. May have to add this to my project list. Thanks for posting.


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#11 posted 07-23-2009 11:13 PM

Your correct ! simple funchional and artistic. you are on the right track. wish I thought of that. Maby the next project.

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 11:50 AM

Steve – the bench looks great! Are the legs cut plywood in a “U” shape or did you join the 3 planes? If it’s 3 pieces, how did you join them?

-- Ben, Atlanta,

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