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Cedar Garden Bench

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Cedar Garden BenchThis is a 48” Red Cedar Garden Bench completed today.I liked the gentle curvature and light construction in this design, originally from FWW, July 2009 (if I recall accurately). The construction was relatively simple mortise and tenon joinery. The plan called for lots of jigs and router work. I just went the simple way and blew off the jigs and used mortise chisel and hand saws for the most part. Working with the curved parts was a little tricky, nothing too complex though.The plans were a little rough, and I modified some portions. One mistake for sure was there was no location for the mortise on the underside of the arms. I did install the arms last, but I centered the mortise and it should have been offset. I do pay attention to details, but not sure how I missed this one. I pointed it out to my neighbor and his reply was classic, “only a son of a b**” would notice that. Got a good laugh from me.I used clear Western Red Cedar as it is impervious to insects and should weather well. Again, for me, lumber selection was an issue, the materials at my local lumber supplier were very limited, so I have two distinctly different colors, that mostly shows up in the seat (where I tried to blend them).I wasn't sure about the finish, so for today I've just sealed it and we will let it weather to see how it does.This is will be more of a decorative piece residing on our front porch. I don't expect it will get much use, but for now I can cross one more off the Honey-Do list.thanks for looking



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First attempt at dovetails and tapered legs

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First attempt at dovetails and tapered legsRecently my wife had asked for a new bedside table. I took this as an opportunity to try a few things that I have not done before (tapered legs and dovetail joints on the drawer). The bedside table itself is made from Cherry and the tapered legs came out very well. While the dovetails weren't perfect they are tight and a good first attempt.



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Rustic Frames for Patent Prints

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Rustic Frames for Patent PrintsOn a quest to figure out something that I could make easily for the customers at the vintage markets that we sell at, I thought about picture frames while I was rebuilding my fence. This is the combination of those two thoughts. With an abundance of old fence pickets, I'll be able to make these for quite a while.This is definitely not fine furniture, but sometimes people aren't looking for fine furniture.And I still haven't figured out why my pictures keep showing up sideways.You can watch the making video here: https://youtu.be/aoKMhPVTKZQ



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