Japanese Garden Bench Project Plan

Japanese Garden Bench Project Plan (Print Plan)

SKU# 011231

Mortise-and-tenon joinery and outdoor-friendly materials ensure a long, happy life

Fine Woodworking


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  • Product # 011231
  • Published Date 2008
  • ISBN 978-1-60085-626-6
Russell Jensen designed this bench with a blend of traditional Tudor and Asian styles. The curved armrests, crest rail, and tapered back splats contribute to the Asian feel, while the chunky front legs and angled back legs are strictly Tudor. The angled rear legs are shaped on the tablesaw using a tapering jig. Simple mortising jigs ensure that the 40 different mortises used to join the bench are completed quickly and accurately.


24-1/2 in. deep by 60 in. wide by 33 in. tall

-- Complete cutlist
-- Extensive full-size and scale drawings


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Very handsome bench provided fun woodworking challenges Review by Ted

I'm a beginning to intermediate level woodworker and I found this project to be just the right level for my skills. The design is quite handsome and I really liked the beefy 2 1/2 inch arms, legs and crest rail which you don't often see in retail teak furniture. I have received several compliments already from friends and neighbors.

I spent about $750 on teak because I really like the look and durability of it but there are certainly cheaper alternatives. Because of its oily nature, teak can be a bit tricky when it comes to gluing- I highly recommend West System epoxy.

Plans have excellent detail and Russell Jensen's article provides many good tips. A great project !

(Posted on 6/8/13)

Beautiful Design; Plans are spot-on Review by Michael

This is both a wonderful woodworking endeavor and a beautiful addition to your outdoor furniture. The design is elegant, the plans are precise and well laid out.
The woodworking is 'intermediate' level, and you must be prepared to live in the mortise & tenon world - the Festool Domino will handle some of the M&T, most you will have to find another approach (there are dozens on YouTube).
My wife loves the end result - asked for a matching coffee table. About $250 in Jatoba wood was invested. Again, a wonderful bench and a wonderful project.

(Posted on 5/26/13)

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