Red and yellow cedar bench for friend

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Project by gklassen posted 03-08-2011 07:03 AM 5959 views 34 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I have attempted sans plans. I think it worked out well. I am a fan of the contrast between red cedar/cypress(yellow cedar). This is all old growth and the red cedar was selected for it’s dark [heartwood] colour. A great use for BC’s great old growth cedar products. I think my friend and his family will be pleased. It’s 5’ long and has some rather large tenons. It’s comfy too! Borrowed the mortiser from a friend and struggled with the small space I have. Thank you LJ’ers for the warm welcome. Next up…TV stand.

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 08:08 AM

I agree- would make any backyard patio look nicer.


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#2 posted 03-08-2011 08:15 AM

Nicely done.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 02:37 PM

That does look very comfy! Thanks for all the pics of the process, it helps beginners like me learn…

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 02:49 PM

Nice work. i had make a bench to a week ago but I’m in the bigining. Good luck to make more!!!

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 04:28 PM

Nice, Its in my favorites now…thanks. P.S How about some specs

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 05:48 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. Looking at the bench, you must have a lot better imagination and memory than
I do, as well a great eyeball for form and structure. It is wonderful looking bench, and that curved seat
would be comfortable. If I tried this without a nicely detailed drawing, I would have lots of pieces for my
next project. By BC, do you mean British Columbia? Thank you for sharing, and I hope you enjoy this site
as much as I do.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 07:23 PM

Now that is a nice bench. Love the contrast and whole design of this. Well done!

Ohhh…. and welcome to Lumber Jocks!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 07:58 PM

I love it. As you I’m a fan of the color contrast, it makes it look so pleasing and inviting. Same goes for the nice curve of the top. Really turned out fine.


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#9 posted 03-08-2011 10:48 PM

It’s a great feeling making something for someone. Your friend must be very happy with this bench!

-- -Thomas -

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 12:41 AM

Great job.
They will love it.

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 08:09 AM

I love everything about this bench. The contrasting wood colors, the post treatment, the simple yet sturdy nature. How did you attach the blocks to the rails that hold the middle 2 curved pieces?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 05:47 AM

Nice design and craftsmanship… It looks comfortable too. Great Job!

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 05:52 PM

Great looking bench. I really like the design.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 03-10-2011 05:59 PM

very cool bench

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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