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Garden Bench (Digital Plan)

Garden Bench (Digital Plan)
by Matt Kenney
Digital Project Plan
There's nothing quite as nice as sitting outside on a breezy evening and enjoying a quiet and relaxed moment in the setting sun. Of course, you need somewhere to sit. That's where this garden bench comes in. Its subtle curves not only add beauty but, in the case of the seat, comfort as well.

Construction is straightforward since all the shaping happens after the joinery is cut. The bench features sturdy mortise-and-tenon joinery. The mortises are quick to cut using a router, a collection of hand-tool jigs, and a bearing-guided bit. It's made from sipo, a tropical hardwood and mahogany relative that can stand up to the seasons, even without a finish.

SKILL LEVEL:
Intermediate

FINISHED SIZE:
21 5/16 in. deep by 52 in. wide by 33 in. tall

PLAN INCLUDES:
  • Scale drawing
  • Component templates
  • Detailed cutlist
  • SketchUp drawing
REQUIREMENTS
  • Google SketchUp (free download available here).
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    There's nothing quite as nice as sitting outside on a breezy evening and enjoying a quiet and relaxed moment in the setting sun. Of course, you need somewhere to sit. That's where this garden bench comes in. Its subtle curves not only add beauty but, in the case of the seat, comfort as well.

    Construction is straightforward since all the shaping happens after the joinery is cut. The bench features sturdy mortise-and-tenon joinery. The mortises are quick to cut using a router, a collection of hand-tool jigs, and a bearing-guided bit. It's made from sipo, a tropical hardwood and mahogany relative that can stand up to the seasons, even without a finish.

    SKILL LEVEL:
    Intermediate

    FINISHED SIZE:
    21 5/16 in. deep by 52 in. wide by 33 in. tall

    PLAN INCLUDES:
    • Scale drawing
    • Component templates
    • Detailed cutlist
    • SketchUp drawing
    REQUIREMENTS
  • Google SketchUp (free download available here).
  • Additional Information
    Extra Ever wish you could get a digital project plan that allowed you to customize the design to suit your own needs? Here they are! Digital project plans in SketchUP, the free Google drawing program.

    Are there any other advantages? For starters, you'll get your plan immediately. Your digital plan will consist of drawings in PDF format, with detailed, measured drawings and a cutlist. Full-size drawings are included for critical parts and templates. All of the drawings can be printed on a typical consumer-grade computer printer -- the larger template drawings can be taped together or you can take the file on a disc or flash drive (or email) to a local copy center for printing on Arch D size paper. The projects also have written instructions to guide you through construction process. If you want to modify one of the projects, the SketchUp version of the plan will be perfect for you.

    Available free from Google by clicking here, SketchUp allows you to manipulate the drawing and make as many changes as you like to fit your needs -- or make more substantial changes to the design. You're limited only by your creativity.

    If you need help using SketchUp, visit our blog Design.Click.Build. hosted by Tim Killen and David Richards.
    Author Matt Kenney
    ISBN 978-1-60085-304-3
    Publication Year 2009
    Other Formats 061081 | 067110
    Cover Digital Project Plan
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