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Western Red Cedar
Vancouver Island
Made from Western Red Cedar that that was sitting neglected in my basement for more than 12 years originally acquired for a project I never pursued. I used the plans from the June 2020 issue of Woodworker’s Journal.

All in all it was a good project with pleasing results. Tricky’s for me included template routing due to chip-out issues in the cedar, especially along the rounded areas going against the grain. I was not entirely happy the plugs in the seat slats which are suggested to be installed post-finish – While all the other plugs tuned out great, many of these chipped-off during trimming and flush sanding was difficult due to the curved orientation of the slats and not wanting to created gouges. The result is that several of these plugs have small chips below the slat surface or are a bit proud. Re-finishing of the sanded plug areas did not completely colour match the previous finished areas but I suspect this will mill mitigate over time. Finally, I was not real happy with the finish/stain options available to me (I’m in western Canada).

Overall, I am happy with this project. I made use of material of that had been sitting around for a long time and while I don’t know exactly where the bench will reside (on the deck or actually out in the yard) it looks great, is comfortable and will be enjoyed for years to come.



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Looks really nice!

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Great looking bench.

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Nice work. Over time the color will turn to grey unless you maintain the finish but i think that is OK. That is what I did to mine and it sets out year around in rainy western Oregon.
I would suggest if the bench will set on wet ground you add some sort of moisture barrier like a plastic pad or what I have used is a piece of roofing material attached with some sealing tar. Otherwise the end of those legs will start to rot, even Cedar can rot if wet all the time.