Wrap Around Tree Bench

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Project by Thepps posted 08-04-2011 08:30 PM 14612 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this bench to add some seating to our backyard. I built it out of cedar from the May 2009 issue of Wood magazine, but customized it to fit around my tree. It sits right next to my kid’s playset that I built for him, so now we have a place to sit and watch him.

I used Epifanes Wood Finish Gloss for a finish. I found this varnish from a Fine Woodworker’s article. It’s supposed to be the best outdoor finish. Followed the instructions and sprayed seven coats on. Allowing 24 hours to dry between coats, it took over a week to finish! That’s a long time to not make any dust in the shop. But, I think it’s worth it. It feels like a piece of furniture, and dirt just wipes right off. The tree this is around is a mulberry tree, so I didn’t want the mulberries staining the bench by using a traditional exterior stain.

This was my first time using Epifanes, and I’ll be sure to let everyone know how it holds up over time.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 08-04-2011 08:50 PM

Nice, very nice. Been looking to do something similar in my yard. I will have to look for the plans.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#2 posted 08-04-2011 09:06 PM

I love it! The finish looks great!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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#3 posted 08-04-2011 09:14 PM

Nice work, it looks great.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 03:44 AM

Beautiful project. The finish looks gorgeous.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 03:52 AM

sweet, looks like a peaceful spot for oncoming good memories

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 04:15 AM

Very nice work. I was just relooking at the magizine last night and marked the page.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#7 posted 08-06-2011 02:05 PM

Really turned out nice i love the finish.Would love to now how it holds up over time especially with the mulberry tree.They do leave a lot of stains.

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#8 posted 08-08-2011 05:55 PM

Beautiful bench, great place to sit and watch the kids play.

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

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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#9 posted 11-08-2011 10:09 PM

Beautiful piece!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#10 posted 07-23-2014 04:14 PM

Very nice! Do you happen to have the plans for this that you can share?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#11 posted 07-23-2014 08:00 PM

May of ‘09 issue of wood magazine. I lengthened two sides of it to fit my tree, other than that, I built it straight from the plans.

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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