simple outdoor bench

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Project by moshel posted 01-23-2013 05:09 AM 2450 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was actually a prototype i made for a sofa. its supposed to have a futon on it. however, i got the angles wrong (cut 42 degrees instead of 47, etc) so had to recut and the seat was too short for the tests with the futon.

so i made it into a nice bench. the joints are held together with biscuits and glue and i did my best to break it to no avail.

the glue is interior (cross linked) as i expected it to be sofa so i expect it to give up some day and break.

frame is DF, slats cedar finished with shellac and yacht varnish (one coat – i was lazy and i needed the space in the garage).

it is very comfortable.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 05:59 AM

very cool design,great job.


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#2 posted 01-23-2013 09:00 AM

LOL! It works! Funny how some things just happen? Nice piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 02:28 PM

An unexpected, nice bench !
Now you have a comfortable seat to get some sun my fiend !

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#4 posted 01-23-2013 04:49 PM

Cool bench! Looks modern and design is interesting.


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#5 posted 01-23-2013 07:09 PM

Without knowing there are biscuits in there I’d be frightened to sit on it, thinking that there are only endgrain glued surfaces holding it together. Shows the strength of biscuits and adds interest to the look.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 07:25 PM

technically it would be much better to have splines and maybe a beefy dowel going through. however, one of the reasons you make a prototype is to find out that you just can’t spline the joint between the back and the seat after everything is glued :-)

maybe with handtools but you need a really steady hand to cut splines in DF with a handsaw

for the next prototype i’ll cut the splines before gluing the lower beam.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 09:43 PM

great looking bench

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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jim C

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#8 posted 01-23-2013 10:31 PM

Anytime you are working with angles around the 45 degree area, you need to check the base you are working from.
In my machining days, a number of pieces of steel went to the scrap bin. HA! Double and triple check.

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 01-24-2013 06:09 AM

Turned into a very cool piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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