A Garden Bench for My Wife

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Project by brianinpa posted 07-15-2009 02:38 AM 4336 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The topic of this contest worked out great for what I had planned for my wife’s anniversary present. Later this month she and I will celebrate 23 years together and she has been after me for a while asking for a bench for our back yard. I made a pair of benches for my mother, so now it was her turn.

As I have stated in some other posts, I volunteer at a local historical park. The park surrounds the only remaining navigable part of the Union Canal, and also is home to the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the United States (opened 1825). Keeping up with the grounds takes the most amount of time, and the most amount of work. One thing that does not work well with a canal are trees falling into the canal. During the winter months, trees that are in danger of falling into the canal are removed. It is for this reason that I obtained the wood that I used to make this garden bench. This particular tree (Ailanthus) was growing out of the bank and leaning over the canal: so much so that it had to go. It was cut down and pulled up the bank so someone could haul it away for firewood. I got to it before the firewood fiends could.

I cut a four foot section with plans for this project in the future, and took the rest for good measure: someday it is going to be a canoe. The wood is hard, heavy, and easy to work: very similar to ash. Did I mention it is heavy? It was a lot of fun to make, and I used some of my tools that don’t see that much use. I had to plane the surface for several hours to get rid of all the chainsaw marks.

When I hear “Garden Bench” I think rugged and weathered: I believe I have built the rugged part, now to let Mother Nature do her thing. Tell me what you think.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#1 posted 07-15-2009 02:43 AM

Hey Brian
rugged and but not yet weathered cool bench super job.


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#2 posted 07-15-2009 02:51 AM

Brian: a great looking bench. Your wife should be proud and happy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-15-2009 03:11 AM

Thus is a really nice looking bench, Brian.

I really like the way you incorporated the natural lines of the wood into the design.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 07-15-2009 06:40 PM

Very nice Brian!

You sure let mother natures beauty do her stuff on this one.


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

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#5 posted 07-15-2009 06:52 PM

nice work

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#6 posted 07-15-2009 07:01 PM

Rusticana supreme.

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#7 posted 07-15-2009 11:22 PM

Very cool! I love that rustic stuff….. Great job on this!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#8 posted 07-16-2009 02:19 AM

nice design that really makes the slab look good. I have a long rough slab of Iroka in the garage that needs to be worked into a bench… I’ve been collecting ideas… and I really appreciate your bench.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 07-16-2009 05:29 PM

Wonderful piece! I like the design, flow, and overall rustic appeal!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#10 posted 07-17-2009 02:19 AM

Thanks to all. I wish I could claim that I tried accent the woods natural lines and beauty, but the appearance of this piece was just dumb luck. I guess sometimes it is just good to be lucky. I appreciate all the comments.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 10-11-2010 08:33 AM

I really like this bench! I was wondering if you can remember how wide the seat is on this one?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#12 posted 10-30-2010 04:58 AM


10 inches at it’s widest.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 08-10-2012 01:19 PM

I am from Lebanon, pa as well. I don’t know if you sell your products but if you do, I am in. Very nice.

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