Cedar Garden Bench

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Project by klinkman posted 06-05-2019 11:32 PM 652 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 48” Red Cedar Garden Bench completed today.

I liked the gentle curvature and light construction in this design, originally from FWW, July 2009 (if I recall accurately). The construction was relatively simple mortise and tenon joinery. The plan called for lots of jigs and router work. I just went the simple way and blew off the jigs and used mortise chisel and hand saws for the most part. Working with the curved parts was a little tricky, nothing too complex though.

The plans were a little rough, and I modified some portions. One mistake for sure was there was no location for the mortise on the underside of the arms. I did install the arms last, but I centered the mortise and it should have been offset. I do pay attention to details, but not sure how I missed this one. I pointed it out to my neighbor and his reply was classic, “only a son of a b**” would notice that. Got a good laugh from me.

I used clear Western Red Cedar as it is impervious to insects and should weather well. Again, for me, lumber selection was an issue, the materials at my local lumber supplier were very limited, so I have two distinctly different colors, that mostly shows up in the seat (where I tried to blend them).

I wasn’t sure about the finish, so for today I’ve just sealed it and we will let it weather to see how it does.

This is will be more of a decorative piece residing on our front porch. I don’t expect it will get much use, but for now I can cross one more off the Honey-Do list.

thanks for looking

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#1 posted 06-06-2019 12:00 AM

Nice. Nicely done.

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 06-06-2019 01:39 AM

well done

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 01:42 AM

It looks like many years of enjoyment to me!
Very well done.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 06-06-2019 09:33 AM

Clean professional work. Nice design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-06-2019 09:56 AM

That’s a great-looking piece, and you did a beautiful job of blending the seat-board colors. To me, it looks nicer than if they were of a uniform color.

Of course, your beautiful garden in the background would make just about anything look good!

-- Dennis 'We are all faced with a series of great opportunities, brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.' Charles Swindoll

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#7 posted 06-06-2019 11:15 AM

Really nice job that shows your craftsmanship with hand tools. I love the design and eye catching carvings on the back rail as well as the carefully blended seat boards. I too believe that you added more interest by having the different shades. I am not sure how you accomplished the bend arm rests by hand, but they really make this piece stand out. Thanks for the build pictures of this awesome project. AJ

-- AJ

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#8 posted 06-06-2019 12:02 PM

Perfect bench for the porch, even if it doesn’t get used much.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 06-06-2019 01:08 PM

Great job. It’s a beautiful bench.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 06-06-2019 04:15 PM

Thank you for comments everyone, it’s nice to hear.

@Dennis and @AJ, you make a nice point I hadn’t considered on the colors blending, I appreciate your thoughts here. I really thought it was more of a defect, but you guys took those lemons and made some lemon aid. Also, I wish those arms were bent, but they were sawn!

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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#11 posted 06-06-2019 10:40 PM

Such a traditional looking bench, and to have it done traditionally is a smile on my face kinda thing.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 06-08-2019 03:04 AM

Klinkman, nice jog & congratulations on your Top 3 award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 06-08-2019 04:42 AM

Thank you sir/s!

-- Klinkman, hand tool enthusiast

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