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I decided I needed a new garden bench for my patio. Went to buy some teak, outrageously expensive. So I decided on mahogany. I'm glad I did. I used marine Waterlox for the finish. Brushed on one coat original sealer then brushed on two coats of the marine waterlox. Finally rubbing on a final coat of the Marine Waterlox. It's about 58 inches long and has turned out comfortable to sit in.

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Great design and looks wonderful
 

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Wow. This is a fine looking bench. Makes me want to go sit on it.
 

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Elegant. I always liked mahogany on boats for things that would be finished bright and teak for things that would be left to go silver. Teak is very hard to keep varnished.
Good choice and very nice work.
The carved initial is perfect.
 

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Nice job! did you design this yourself or use plans? Would love to see more detail.
 

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This is one nice bench. Mahogany was a better choice than teak for the color and beauty alone.
 

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Very nice bench!
 

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Beautiful bench! I love the mahogany choice-and you're right, teak is ridiculously priced right now.
 

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I like it. I like it a lot.
It doesn't look like the typical bench you would buy and therefore many will want to take a closer look to see its features.
It looks refined yet ample and strong at the same time.
If i"ll ever decide to make one, this is the one that I will revisit.
Well done.
 

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Nice bench! Beautiful wood.

Is this the 2006 Wood Magazine plan?

I've seen several of those around on LJ and bought the old magazine on ebay recently just to get the plan.

I was thinking much cheaper wood for mine, but that is beautiful!

-Paul
 

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Hi Ocelot,
Thanks for the kind words. I downloaded the plan from www.woodstore.net. It said it was featured in 2006 wood magazine. I did alter the plan a bit. The back slats are mortise and tenon. The plan called for dado then filler pieces. I changed the top rail so I could add the initial.
 

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Marvelous bench, there, Steve. Excellent finish too. Haven't tried marine waterlox, but perhaps I'll give it a go if I try making a porch swing.
 

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Honestly, I've been thinking of building mine out of eastern red cedar, which would be an entirely different thing.

I've got some ERC on the rack. I can't justify buying mahogany, that it sure looks great!

I'm not sure I'm going to like the knotty look so I had been looking for some black locust. If I could get some cypress or even better some of Shipwright's "yellow cedar" (which really is a species of cypress), that would be better. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying looking at yours.

-Paul
 
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