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Project by pipes posted 04-13-2008 04:46 AM 2314 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made for the Grandkids to keep their outdoor toys in . It is made out of locally grown white cedar. I put a coat of Raincoat (Para Paints) on it to give it the honey color and then two coats of spar varnish. It is kept on the deck, under the roof to keep it out of the rain. Since the pictures were taken I have installed a soft lid closer to keep their fingers from getting pinched. It was a fun project and works well.
Thanks for looking

-- Larry

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#1 posted 04-13-2008 04:54 AM

Nice looking storage bench.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 04-13-2008 04:57 AM

Looks great!!!! Dumb question, what is a “spar finish”?

Kevin Davis
Ruff Cutts

-- To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know. Unknown, on an empty C-ration box. Khe Sahn 1968

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#3 posted 04-13-2008 05:04 AM

Hi Kevin
Spar varnish is what we use here to put a shine and weather protection on wooden boats . My thought is if it works on a wooden boat it should do alright on outdoor projects

-- Larry

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#4 posted 04-13-2008 06:20 AM

Beautiful work on this bench. I am in the process of drawing up plans for a bench. I hope you don’t mind if I use a few points of interest from this project. A beefy and solid piece. Very nice.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 04-13-2008 06:36 AM

That is one outstanding bench!

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

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#6 posted 04-13-2008 10:33 AM

Great looking bench. Bet the kids loved it. Plus it keeps the yard clean. I know what thats like in the summer. After they leave it looks like a tornado went through. LOL. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 04-13-2008 12:24 PM


This is a nice looking bench. It is a wonderful storage idea. It keeps the toys organized and, if you can get them to put the toys back in the bench, keeps the yard clean as well.

Nice job. Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-13-2008 02:17 PM

great design, the grand kids are lucky to have you build them something so nice.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#9 posted 04-13-2008 03:17 PM

This is really cool!

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

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#10 posted 04-13-2008 03:55 PM

That is ABSOLUTELY FANtastic- the design is unique and the practical side is great.
Most importantly a very nice project for the grandkids comes straight from the heart.

NICE job – would love to see plans.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#11 posted 04-14-2008 01:16 AM

Thanks for the kind comments guys. I really enjoy making items for the grandkids and can’t wait until they are a little older and can spend time in the workshop with me. But don’t want to rush that.

-- Larry

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#12 posted 04-14-2008 06:15 AM

The bench is great I am planning on buliding one for our deck as soon as I get my workshop finished. I really like the curved open back. Great job.

-- Paul Wylie, Rogers, AR

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#13 posted 05-22-2008 03:57 AM

It’s a great bench, and I love the finish! I think your attention to detail for the end user is sharp! Look at all the soft rounded edges just right for childs hands!! Great job Larry!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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