Outdoor Bench

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A backless Arts & Crafts seater for the garden

With the warm weather here, you’ll want to spend more time outdoors. And what better way to do so than on an attractive bench you’ve built in your shop? Made from 8/4 white oak to withstand the elements, this bold Arts & Crafts design commands attention. And its subtle tapers and arches invite passersby to slow down and take a seat to appreciate the beauty that surrounds them.

While an easy, straightforward build, it does include making a few jigs. First, you’ll need a template for routing the mortises. Then you’ll build a table saw tapering sled for shaping the legs. And finally, you’ll need to put together a planer sled for beveling the seat slats along their length. These bevels serve two purposes: they contour the seat for comfort and encourage any rain to run off rather than pool on the surface, improving the bench’s longevity.

The bench also sports a tough yet, environmentally-friendly outdoor finish to add additional protection and has thin squares of UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight) polyethylene screwed to the undersides of its feet. This extra step helps safeguard against the bench scooting on the driveway and wicking moisture from the ground. In all, you’ll soon have a good seat from which to relax and enjoy the great outdoors for many seasons to come.

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