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    Garden Bench - Phase 2 complete!

    Looks like the shorts storage/bench will have to wait for a while, Jan "needs" a garden bench for the front porch. Just waiting to hear back from the mill to see if I can go get some cedar.

    The design is my own, and will echo the fence I built a couple of years ago. The bench will sit where the large flower pots are now. Construction is fake through tenons (mortice in about 3/8" from each side, glue and lag bolt the rails into place and then glue a false tenon end over the bolt heads) screws with plugged counter bores, and pocket screws. Wood, as mentioned, will be cedar.

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    Last edited by Rennie Heuer; 07-18-2013 at 02:02 PM.
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    On the plus side... Looks like you might be able use up some of those shorts for the small pieces... hopefully they are of the correct variety of wood

    I like how that's coming together its a nice simpel design and the theme is being carried well throughout.

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    Maybe contour the seat a bit? - unless she'd gonna use cushions on it.

    Like the back design. Really neat!

    Shouldn't Western Red Cedar be readily available there? It's one of the woods I miss here - there's no good 'weatherable' wood available, except white oak. Cedar, when you can find it, is more expensive than walnut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Maybe contour the seat a bit? - unless she'd gonna use cushions on it.

    Like the back design. Really neat!

    Shouldn't Western Red Cedar be readily available there? It's one of the woods I miss here - there's no good 'weatherable' wood available, except white oak. Cedar, when you can find it, is more expensive than walnut.
    Cedar 2x4 can be had here for about $5, so the entire bench should cost around $40 to build. The seat does have a nice curve to it, just does not show well in the drawing.
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    Last edited by Rennie Heuer; 07-02-2013 at 11:45 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Mooney View Post
    On the plus side... Looks like you might be able use up some of those shorts for the small pieces... hopefully they are of the correct variety of wood

    I like how that's coming together its a nice simpel design and the theme is being carried well throughout.
    Thanks Ryan, unfortunately, none of my shorts are the correct species.
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    I really like your design. That is going to fit nicely on the front porch
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    Beautiful bench design Rennie but . . . .where will you put the shorts from making it .

    Seriously though, I think the bench will rock as a detail piece in the background view of your arbor and fence pieces. It will tie together nicely.
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    Yes, that is going to be nice. Beautiful yard. Do you always wear sunglasses in the shop?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Yes, that is going to be nice. Beautiful yard. Do you always wear sunglasses in the shop?


    No, not always. I took that shot for a video I did last year for the FWW gathering at Larry's. Did not get to that one either.
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    Nice looking forward to seeing it done.
    cheers

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