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Here is my two rail bench, so-named because it has only two long rails instead of the typical 3 or 4 rail configuration. One side of the bench looks light and airy, with minimal visible support. Flip the bench to face the other way and it shows its craftsman nature with cleats passing through the long rail, reminiscent of bungalow rafters. The seats are made from 8/4 white oak planks, with quartersawn figure and plenty of character. The planks are held together with cleats and walnut butterfly inlays. The cleats feature fixed holes near the butterfly inlays, and slotted holes at the outer ends, to allow for wood movement, yet prevent damage to the inlays.
Through tenons and walnut pegs add a finishing touch.

Finish is to be Howard's Butcher block conditioner for a natural look.

Cheers!

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Really nice work on these, the little things added like the butterfly joints show off your skills, but are not overpowering.

Its almost a shame to put these outside! Not sure where you're located but here in PA (with how much rain we get) they would last through the spring
 

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A couple of very nice benches Willie I like the butterfly joints…excellent job.
 

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Sweet.
Nice details too. But I love the massive look.

Steve
 

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Great looking and with your usual high class craftsmanship Willie. The butterflies are a nice touch to a very nice design.
 

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Beautiful. It reminds me of the Barnsley table that I am about to start. As stated above, a nice mix of massiveness and details.
I was in England and saw a curved bench that was similar. If you are interested I can pass it on.
Bravo.
 

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BRAVO !!! Love the mix of simple masses with complex joinery. Very Japanese.
 

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Great mass, heavy, clean lines, well done.
 

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Stevo,
I would like to see the bench from England, and the Barnsley table too.
Thanks
 

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STURDY is the word that comes to mind! Will these be outside year round? Qak is a good choice, and you compensated for expansion and contraction. I might not have thought about that. LOL!
 

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Willie your work is, as usual, beautiful and flawless. Thanks for sharing this.
 

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Looks great. Like the balance between bulky wood and small details
 

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Back again with a question, Willie. I know that white oak is a good exterior wood, but what about walnut? I live in a forest of black walnut, I've got a bazillion board feet ready to go, and I'd like to try something "outdoorsy" if you think it will survive.
 

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Great looking benches, Willie! I really like the butterfly keys!
 

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There is simplistic and then there is simply beautiful. Well done
 

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Hi John,
I think white oak and teak are pretty good outdoors, but I have never tried walnut. If you have that much walnut available, give it a try and let us know how it works.
These benches are actually for indoor use, as one season in our pacific NW rain will weather most any wood species. That said, I have seen some old white oak wine barrels exposed to the elements and they still looked pretty good in a rustic way.

Thanks for all the nice comments.
 

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You never seem to make anything that doesn't make me envious. Just glad my wife doesn't see your work, or I would be very busy indeed.
 

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Wow!
Great Joinery and an amazing example of something thought to be simple, made exquisite with the proper time and craftsmanship. I have not begun my proper journey, but projects like these inspire me!
 
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