Cedar Benches or 5 months of my life.

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Project by Andrew posted 07-18-2010 02:26 AM 2894 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I got this wood really cheap, $125 for a 4 foot by 4 foot by 4 foot pallet of mostly cedar, some pine. Mixed dimensions, mostly 3/4” by 3 1/2”, some 1 3/4” by 7 1/2” All of it 4 feet long. I built 6 benches from the wood, One for my deck, one for my wife’s friends deck, one for my mother in law, 1 for my dad, and 2, I guess I can sell them.
Okay I decided to make them all at the same time to eliminate set up times, I needed to use a lot of math. Each panel is made of tongue and groove slats. Each bench has 56 slats X 6 = 336 slats with tongue and grooves. The rails and stiles are all mortise and tenon joinery, each bench has 38 mortise X 6 = 228 mortises, and 228 tenons. I am happy to be finished with them, but, I got to use almost all of my power tools except my lathe. The process was time consuming and less than exciting. With the clamps I have, I could only clamp 2 panels at a time, Each bench has 10 panels X 6= you get the idea. I used titebond 3 on the joinery. I still have a little sanding to do on some of them.
The last picture is of the Cedar score when I brought the wood home from a Menards that was shutting down, yes that is a PT cruiser, crammed to the gills with wood. Lucky I didn’t get rear ended or have to make a sudden stop on the way home.

Thanks for looking, hopefully my next project will take less time, in fact it has to, because the next one after that is a dresser for my Son, and it needs to be finished for his birthday, Aug. 28th.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 02:52 AM

great looking benches..

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 02:54 AM

Very nice benches!! I understand what you mean when you say that The process was time consuming and less than exciting. I have done projects like that it seems that the process’s are never ending. Anyway, these are beautiful! Thanks for sharing..

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 02:55 AM

What a huge project!!! They are really beautiful.

-- curious woodworker

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#4 posted 07-18-2010 03:09 AM

I love it when Menards closes down – they sell EVERYTHING! and its so cheap.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 03:15 AM

nice benches and good score on the wood.


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Canadian Woodworks

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 03:19 AM

is that a p.t cruiser stuff with wood?


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 03:45 AM

I fully understand when projects take up large parts of your life.
Sell the other two benches and buy more clamps.
Great looking benches.

-- R

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 05:18 AM

Your benches look great. If you do not like repetition don’t ever go to prison. We had dorm orders that would have 3000 each – desks, wardrobes, 2- Drawer files, beds and chairs. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-18-2010 10:50 AM

understandeble that it has been a long process 6 benches of this design
are you madness and ready for the closed department or something like that…......LOL

they look great from here
congrat´s with ending such a big task
I´m sure you can sell the last two and get some desent money to buy more clamps for
and don´t worry I´m sure you finished the bed in time :—)

thank´s for sharing

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#10 posted 07-18-2010 03:38 PM

I’m surprized you didn’t to turn that PT Cruser into a bench after hauling that big of a load.Just kidding.I love the results of all you’re maddening work though those are some fine looking benches…..................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#11 posted 08-07-2010 06:49 AM

wow 228 that’s a lot of joinery. You were very busy to say the least …. Nobody can call you lazy. They look great.
You’ll never to that again lol

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#12 posted 08-19-2010 10:01 PM

The title of your project made me laugh. i thought i was the only one who had projects take half a year (almost). They look great though, good job.

-- "I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way." - Mark Twain

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