Cedar Garden Bench

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Project by Kelen posted 11-09-2011 07:45 PM 2628 views 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at making a version of a backless garden bench. I styled it after a picture of some that I saw online. The construction was pretty simple and the ergonomic seating is quite comfortable. Most of the joinery was done using pocket holes. I did some moderate round over routing on most of the pieces to give everything a smoother edge and to add a little character. To be as efficient with the material as possible, I made the top rails out of a 1×4x8 cedar board cut in half with each piece ripped in half (thus getting 4 strips out of each board). Total cost of the 2 benches ended up being less than $50. I sprayed them down with a cedar tinted wood protector as well to give it some added color and protection from the elements. Ended up being a nice little addition to the driveway.

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 07:51 PM

Nice job!! I really like these. You did really good for the first attempt at a backless bench. Makes it easier to complete without having to worry about that silly back. LOL!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 07:56 PM

I like the ergonomic shaping! Nice job!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 12:57 AM

Very nice. I built a couple of these 2 years ago and have had nothing but compliments on them. I’m sure you’ll get alot of the same.

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#4 posted 11-10-2011 01:32 AM

Great work, I like the rounded edges and the curved seat.

-- Fred, Georgia

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#5 posted 11-10-2011 12:41 PM

Boy those look comfy! Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-10-2011 02:14 PM

These are nice looking and will enhance most any garden.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 11-10-2011 02:32 PM

These are really nice! Great work. I really like the stopped round overs …really classes up the piece. You cant beat the materiel price and cedar is a great outdoor wood. I am definitely stealing this idea! A set of these would look amazing in Mahogany..


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#8 posted 11-10-2011 02:39 PM

Thanks for all the compliments everyone.

David, I’m a big fan of the stopped round over effect, it really does just give it an extra element of detail. I’ve found myself using that effect on lots of my projects. I agree, a set of these in mahogany would look awesome!

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