Outdoor bench seat

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Project by Dom Dudkiewicz posted 12-28-2017 09:57 PM 1455 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After nearly 12 months since building my outdoor table I finally got around to making the first of 4 matching bench seats.

All mortise and tenon joints, drawbored with rived dowels, blackbutt timber, teak oil finish.

Simple design but meets SHMBO’s desogm brief.

Cat seems to approve. 3 more to go!

Cheers, Dom

-- Dom

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#1 posted 12-29-2017 02:35 AM

damn dom I love its simplicity of design.whats blackbutt timber?never heard of it. ill have to consult my aussie possie on that one.your yard is killer man I could easily kick back and take a nap there-lol.nice work-cheers mate.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-29-2017 06:39 AM

Thanks Pottz,

Yeah, the yard has been a work in progress for about three years. Every year I’ve been taking 3 weeks annual leave from work to chip away; first year was site prep, concrete, retaining walls. Then Pergola the following year, then decking, pizza oven and bbq! Now I need to make outdoor furniture to fill it (along with a list of other projects! Though this is a situation we no doubt all share – too many projects, not enough time!).

Blackbutt is an Aussie Eucalypt, that is plantation grown and quite sustainable. It’s a durability class 1 timber so great for outdoors – 50+ year life in the ground and is not susceptible to fungus or insects etc. It’s also extremely tough / hard with a harness more than 50% higher than American oak and also fairly dense. It’s actually really hard on edge tools to be honest and I find my chisels and planes take a fair beating. It also moves a little more than I’d like, with a lot of internal tensions that are also evident in quite a lot of surface checking etc.



-- Dom

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#3 posted 12-29-2017 11:20 AM

very attractive timber, great build and if the cat is ok with it, you’re good to go ‹(•¿•)›

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-29-2017 07:19 PM

Pottz hit it on the head. Classically simple design and extremely well executed.


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#5 posted 12-30-2017 04:34 AM

My wife (who has many cats outside) says the cat is upset you have disturbed it while taking a nap.


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