Lutyen's Garden Bench
This garden bench was a Christmas gift for my Mother-in-law. Made from Spanish Cedar and finished with Danish oil with a polyurethane top coat. The joinery is loose tennons and dowels.
8/4 rough spanish cedar
Had to make a planer sled to mill the cedar. My jointer is only 4"
Setting up for resawing
Made templates from 1/8 ply and used a flush trim bit on the router table.
This one was fun to make
Everything roughed out. Had some tearout that I'll have to deal with when I clean these up
Layout of mortises
Loose tennons trimmed to 45 degrees for the corners.
Fitting the back pieces together.
This thing is a royal pain to assemble.
Fitting the slats in the back. Each slat has four 3/8" dowels with two on each end. I used a hand drill with a guide attached. My back was sore afterwards.
All glued up and inside drying while I wait for warmer weather.
Finished with natural Danish oil rubbed in with 600 grit sandpaper. Once that dried I applied several coats of poly, sanding between coats with 600 grit. It's smooth as glass.
Thanks for looking!