Mahogany Outdoor Bench

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Project by mjlauro posted 03-25-2008 01:49 AM 2611 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finshed this bench today. It was a fun weekend project. Very simple construction, mortise and tenon and butt joints. The hardest part was laying out the curves for the cross stretchers. I used Titebond III, screws, and some brads. I hope this lasts a long time, it should in theory. The finish is Watco teak oil. All the screw holes were plugged, which may have been the most time consuming part of the entire project. As always I look forward to all your feedback, and welcome all questions, comments and solutions. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 02:16 AM

Nice job there is a dip in the center right?

-- "Ya but what does he know anyhow?"

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 02:41 AM

cool that looks nice. if you plugged the holes i would think that it would last a long time! keep up the great work!

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 03:30 AM

MJ, Great idea and execution. I just had my backyard re-done last year and my wife is pressing me to buy some furniture. The bench looks great, and I can just about see a table to go with it in my minds eye.

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#4 posted 03-25-2008 07:57 AM

i love it…very nice execution…i like the “bend” of the bench which is the “dip” i think RCT was askin about…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 02:51 PM

Great looking bench, that is a nice weekned of work there. Thank you for posting it.

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 02:59 PM

I love it. Are you able to purchase mahogany stock in your area? And what does it go for, if you don’t mind me asking?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 03:31 PM


-- Mark

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#8 posted 03-26-2008 01:13 AM

Great looking bench. I like the dip in the middle.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 03-26-2008 01:46 AM

Looks good and comfortable!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 03-26-2008 02:21 AM

nice clean lines. looks great

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#11 posted 03-26-2008 07:23 AM

Nice design…very comfortable. I makes me long for a sunny day!

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#12 posted 03-26-2008 05:32 PM

A very special bench with a concave top.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 03-27-2008 05:54 AM

This bench is fantastic. Love the design and the wood. Great work!

Charlie, I live not more than an hour north of mjlauro and the prices around me are what I would consider very expensive. FYI, I am a true rookie with woodworking, so I went & quoted a hardwood supplier down the block from me for 1×6 S2S Mahogany @$8.75/linear foot…(I actually thought she meant board foot) I said ok and nearly collapsed in the parking lot when I realized what she had quoted me! So I’m very interested in hearing the answer to your question. Maybe I will have to take the trip down there if the price is right.

P.S. Little did I know how expensive my woodworking addiction would be!!! :)

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#14 posted 03-27-2008 05:57 AM

Great job and nice finish choice, Watco teak is one of my favorites. Well done.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#15 posted 03-27-2008 10:47 AM

That is a great looking bench. You did a nice job.

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