Garden Bench, Redwood

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Project by Skylark53 posted 01-29-2011 05:19 PM 5113 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench using redwood salvaged from our church renovation in 2008. The redwood had been used for over 30 years trimming/covering the steel uprights in the sanctuary. They are a full 1.13”thick, 9” wide, 13’ to 16’. I glued up the legs and stretchers, used mortise and tenon joints. The seat slats were attached with screws and plugged. I plan to use it in a meditation garden on the church grounds. I used the general plan of a bench I saw here from a fellow LJ who I believe credited the original plan to someone else. I’m appreciative to him and all LJs who share tips and techniques so generously.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#1 posted 01-29-2011 06:47 PM

Very nice Skylark. My grandmother had one similar (not redwood) under a cherry tree where she used to sit and say her prayers & rosary every day weather permitting. Well done.

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#2 posted 01-29-2011 07:14 PM

Nicely repurposed wood that will see some more good use, I’m sure.

I like the subtle curve in the seat itself. That should make it quite a bit more comfortable for sitting on it fo more than a few minutes.

Have you, or are you going to apply any sort of finish?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 01-29-2011 08:00 PM

Nice work. Love that the wood was re-purposed and remains with the church. Nice Job.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#4 posted 01-29-2011 08:15 PM

A classic design with exceptional execution and to top it all, it is recycling. Well done. I think it is a tribute to you that you re-purpose the redwood and keep it within the church. I really like the lines of it. If you put it in the sanctuary someone might sleep on it during a long sermon. Joking of course.

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#5 posted 01-29-2011 11:39 PM

Rick, great job!! Really looks nice.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#6 posted 01-30-2011 12:38 AM

Nice. I made a bench with a similar curvature on top – not as nice as yours – but it’s really comfy to sit on outside.

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#7 posted 01-30-2011 01:53 AM

Really nice save that’s a beauty

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#8 posted 01-30-2011 03:35 AM

Beautiful job , Skylark. I did a similar bench with reclaimed redwood and it has become my favorite spot in the yard.
I’m sure your fellow churchmembers are going to appreciate and enjoy your gift.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#9 posted 01-30-2011 04:39 AM

Niceeeee…..! Wish to build one when I have enough lumber.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 06:19 AM

Thank you. Jim-YES!!! It was your bench I pretty well used as a pattern for this one-THANK YOU. Lou, that’s a nice memory for you I know. Jonathon, I did seal it, but it was a light weight penetrating sealer that didn’t add any color or glaze to the finish. I still have a good stack of this wood, but it all belongs to the church and I’ll use it only for church projects or for church fundraising projects. TNWOOD-actually many of us have learned to sleep without reclining-LOL. Thank you all for the encouragement.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 03-04-2011 01:59 AM

Wonderful bench, love the wood, and the construction looks to be top notch, very well made and sturdy, should last many, many years, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#12 posted 04-24-2011 06:06 AM

Yes, that is a beautiful redwood bench you made Rick. I like it when I get to use the wood over and over making something smaller each time. The cross that I made for my daughter you commented on earlier is one of those projects.

I made a redwood bench this last year but we had to buy all new wood. I save some wood from remodels but didn’t have enough to make the reqiured bench. It was a memorial bench so everbody chipped in and I was ask to build it. The fellow we made it for was a golfer so it was setup at a golf coarse in Austin, Texas.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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