Out door bench

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Project by Spokes posted 06-04-2020 03:20 AM 918 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from green treated 4×4 pine.
Stained and treated with water sealer.

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#1 posted 06-04-2020 03:45 AM

I really like that design! And the color is a near match for all the beams on my large front porch. I may have to borrow your design and build a couple of these.

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#2 posted 06-04-2020 04:26 AM

That looks great! Is that center 4×4 recessed a little? Looks like it sits slightly lower, but it may be an optical illusion or something. Very nice design, I’m sure it will be a hit!

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#3 posted 06-04-2020 02:21 PM

Yes the center board is slightly lower than the other two, it’s not supposed to be but when you don’t take the time to prep the boards before assembly you have to do all kinds of things to get items lined up and almost square. I was in such a hurry to build the thing I didn’t take the time to do the proper prep work( it’s a bad habit of mine). It’s done now and when placed in the grass around the fire pit no one will notice

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 08:33 PM

Nice lsolid looking bench!

Is the center hold by glue only?
What stain did you use?

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#5 posted 06-05-2020 01:12 AM

I do not remember for sure but I think I used 1/4 inch dowels (3 per side). The stain was (dark) Varathane premium fast dry wood stain “dark walnut” 2 coats, the light is one coat spring oak and after some repair and filling and sanding a second coat of early American, I wish now I would have stayed with the spring oak for more contrast but it showed to much green of the wood. After drying I clear coated with Thomson’s water seal. Due to high humidity it took a couple days to dry.

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#6 posted 06-08-2020 02:54 PM

by green treated do you mean pressure treated like you would use on a deck or green because it wasn’t dried out? I have an outdoor side table I need to build and was debating using pressure treated lumber to do it

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#7 posted 06-08-2020 11:41 PM

Pressure treated. I would use a different type of wood that is naturally weather resistant and or 5 to 6 coats of outdoor poly. I used a water based poly on a couple other outdoor projects and put 5-6 coats on them

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