Redwood Bench for Mom

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Project by RussInMichigan posted 09-22-2012 02:40 AM 2046 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bench was made with much love for my Mom. She and Dad had a glider on their porch but they didn’t have a nice sitting bench out in the yard. They have a pI came across about 20 board feet of clear redwood (see the second picture) in 2 X 8 stock for something like 25 cents a board foot so I decided to make Mom a nice bench. The third and fourth pictures show my wonderful son refining the mortises and rounding over the edges on what will become his Grandma’s bench. The last two photos show the work in progress: some of the roughed out pieces and cleaning up the tenons. The finish was many coats of teak oil over several days.

Have a great one Lumberjocks,


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#1 posted 09-22-2012 02:48 AM

Wow, that is a nice looking bench!


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#2 posted 09-22-2012 02:53 AM

nice close to mine but not vary good work I konw your mom and Dad will love it nice

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 04:23 AM

Nice bench. If it is outside, it will age to a mellow silver-gray. But 25 cents a board foot? I just bought some similar redwood for about $4.00 a board foot – and I live on the Northern California coast where the redwood comes from. You scored!

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#4 posted 09-22-2012 09:47 AM

Wow, that is beautiful! What a lovely project! It looks beautiful!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 09-22-2012 11:33 AM

Well designed and built bench, Russ. Your mom will love it. Great find on that Redwood.!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-22-2012 02:14 PM

Thanks for all the kind words my fellow lumberjocks. The project was great fun, made especially so by having my son work along with me. All four of us, me, my wife, son, and daughter got involved to some extent moving the bench, the materials or the equipment about, sanding, or applying finish.

Thanks again,


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#7 posted 09-22-2012 06:41 PM

Excellent. I’ve never built a bench. Might have to give it a try.

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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#8 posted 09-23-2012 12:59 AM

I like it!!

Sent you an email Russ.


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#9 posted 09-27-2012 12:22 AM

Nice bench. My very first woodworking project (about 8 years ago) was a redwood bench similar but not the same as yours. Redwood was the first species of wood I worked with on a real woodworking project. Unfortunately no one warned be about how much an irritant redwood dust would be. There is a reason it hold up in the elements against insects. I almost gave up woodworking after that experience. Glad to see your son wearing a mask…

-- Jerry

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#10 posted 09-27-2012 12:17 PM

Thanks, Bubbs. I had fun with the joinery. The whole thing was really rewarding. And, Mom really likes it.

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#11 posted 09-27-2012 12:17 PM

Got the message and I emailed you the plans. Did you get them?

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#12 posted 09-27-2012 12:21 PM

We didn’t have a lot of problems with the dust, but I think that was because I moved all the tools out to the driveway. And, as you noted, we used dust masks. If we had tried to stay in the garage the dust would have bothered our eyes and permeated our clothes. I do not have good dust control.

Well, off to the shop.

Have a great day!


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#13 posted 12-03-2012 05:28 PM

Very nice. You did a bang up job!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#14 posted 12-05-2012 09:02 PM

Thanks HorizontalMike.

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#15 posted 01-07-2013 03:27 PM

That’s a beautiful bench, I love redwood, its fun to work with, but hard to find. I really like the design, I bet your Folks loved it. Great job!

-- I was going for that distressed look

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