Lutyens garden bench finished

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Project by Atelierwoodworks posted 08-25-2007 04:02 PM 7504 views 11 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

-Better late than never, my too late entry for the summer awards 2007.

This is for my lovely wife Ellen.

I took my time with the details when I knew it was not going to make the deadline. The buttons are ebonized walnut, covering holes drilled for templates.

Face glued laminated beech panels, festool domino joinery finished with an outdoor oil. Beech in not the ideal outdoor wood but the bench sits in a sheltered porch. Plan from FWW, watch out for some errors in the cut list if interested.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#1 posted 08-25-2007 04:07 PM

Absolutely glorious.
Before I got started back into woodworking, that piece was one of my ultimate goals. Still is…but I am on a slightly different path just yet. Glad to see it executed so nicely. You have done yourself proud, and your clients will be thrilled.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#2 posted 08-25-2007 04:24 PM

lovely result.
How many hours?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 08-25-2007 04:27 PM

Beautiful work James!

The buttons are a very nice touch. Seeing work like this makes me realize just how far I have to go.

-- Wayne - Newbie looking to learn!

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#4 posted 08-25-2007 04:30 PM

Difficult to say how many hours, started last week in June, full saturdays, couple hours sundays (no machines sundays – swiss law), 2 or 3 evenings in the week. My guess about 90 hours, but that does not include all the hours spent thinking about a project, and I know I’am not alone on this point…lol

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#5 posted 08-25-2007 05:05 PM

Outstanding project! Very beautiful.

I’ll bet I could get a Domino if I could make one of these for my wife ;^D
  • How do you like the machine?
  • How much quicker can you do mortise and tenon joinery with this machine?
  • Do you think that it’s worth the money?

That Swiss law is a good one. There ought to be at least one day out of the week for peace and quiet. We have the other (6) days to make noise (and sawdust). And besides, I bet you can use hand tools on Sunday ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 08-25-2007 05:07 PM

Wow thats a nice piece of work. love the joinery.

-- bryano

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#7 posted 08-25-2007 05:13 PM

Jaw-dropping magnificent.

It is definitely a winner. Gosh this is SWEEEEEET

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 08-25-2007 05:26 PM

Thanks for the compliments.

TomFran, the domino is amazing, it is truely a great machine. It takes 3 secounds to make a mortise, there are about 60 domino joints in this project, it has taken me nearly 8 weeks, without the domino maybe twice as long.
One great thing about the domino is the ease of correcting a mistake, if you cut a mortise out of line, you glue in a domino. wait an hour and cut a new mortise, no loss of strength to the joint. In my final assembly I discovered 2 out of line joints, it took me 30 mins to correct, just gotta clean residue off the domino cutter.
I think it is worth the money, but I still plan on hand cut joints also.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#10 posted 08-25-2007 05:44 PM

James, you have done yourself proud!! I’ve always admired these benches. I think part of it is the top board on the back. I reallt like how it looks like a furled ribbon. Great job. I sure wish we had that law here.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 08-25-2007 05:49 PM

Dowelmax or Domino. I just gotta have one of these for better joinery!

I know people have done without them for centuries, but people did without table saws for centuries too, but I don’t many woodworkers who would be without one today.

Thanks for your comments on the Domino, Jembo; it was helpful to me.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 08-25-2007 05:53 PM

Great work!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#13 posted 08-25-2007 08:15 PM

great looking piece, very well done.

I’ve never worked with beech, what is it like to work with ?

Is it rot, weather and insect resistant ?

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#14 posted 08-25-2007 09:13 PM

Very nice work James. I am sure the wife appreciates the time and effort you put into this. Well done.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 08-25-2007 09:14 PM

Here is my Interview with the DowelMax people.
I love it… makes it so easy

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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