The 909 Front Porch Bench

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Project by lobro4 posted 06-03-2019 10:40 PM 1996 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a similar garden bench years ago but one of the legs broke apart and we needed a replacement. There’s plenty of plans to choose from. The skeleton of this one is from a free set of plans you can find here
I drew inspiration for a better way to construct the back legs using the bench from PLANS NOW ($12.95) Also took some elements from the plans at woodstore ($9.95)

I chose to make mine from cedar (as opposed to treated lumber—which would be just as good but I didn’t want to wait for it to dry out enough to work) Mine is a bit shorter than what the plans diagram but the basic bones are the same. Mortise and tenon joinery throughout. The arms are secured with screws through the back legs and a 3/4 dowel through the center of the arm to the front leg. The back slats are 1/2” thick and are mortised into the back rails. If you look at my other projects, its the same process I used on some cribs I built. Of course there’s the age old dilemma about how to protect the wood. I did not want to do nothing and let it go grey so I chose to paint. Primer x 2 coats with sanding in-between due to raised grain. Then 2 coats of exterior latex house paint. If you’re not the painting type, I would suggest using this sealer
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 06-03-2019 10:44 PM

nice looking bench,

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#2 posted 06-04-2019 02:43 AM

Great looking bench!!

Cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 06-04-2019 10:32 AM

Nice bench.

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#4 posted 06-04-2019 11:45 AM

Nice looking bench. I think painting is a good idea. Stays nice looking for a longer period of time.

-- Tom

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#5 posted 06-05-2019 03:54 PM

Totally sweet bench! Good job!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#6 posted 10-26-2020 03:41 PM

Very nice bench. I am about to build one and came across your pictures. I will probably model mine after yours.

-- Brian, North Carolina,

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