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Zambian Teak Garden Bench

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Project by Art posted 02-28-2019 07:02 PM 295 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This two person bench features a curved seat and shaped arms which makes it quite comfortable.

Teak is some seriously heavy timber but sure does machine well. The finished bench weighs in at about 92kg so I don’t have to much worry about anyone running off with it ;)

Building a bench without screws provided a real challenge for me. I used mortise and tenons for the weight bearing portions of the frame and biscuits on the rest. The seat slats are attached with 12mm wooden pins (dowels). One of the many advantages of teak is that it looks great when it seasons naturally. As you probably know, the oil in the wood oxidizes to a silver patina over time. I know some folks don’t like that look but understand it’s in vogue these days. You also gotta love the zero maintenance that goes with natural seasoning!

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....





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#1 posted 02-28-2019 07:13 PM

now art id say youve built yourself a forever bench,that should last you and your kids kids if maintained.nice job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 02-28-2019 07:22 PM

Hey Pottz, thanks for your kind comment!

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....

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#3 posted 02-28-2019 11:55 PM

Really nice looking and well built bench.

-- Bruce Free Plans https://traditionalwoodworking.org

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#4 posted 03-01-2019 01:38 AM

Very NICE Project & Well Done Arthur!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 03-03-2019 11:54 AM

Thanks Bruce and Richard!

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....

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