Outdoor Bench

This is something I completed last year, along with an accompanying outdoor coffee table. The design is adapted from Fine Woodworking. For some reason, recently I’ve received some inquiries from LJs – I guess woodworkers looking for non-pressure-treated outdoor furniture; so, I’ll post it here, as well: I’ve refrained from doubling-up, so to speak..

The bench is made with Jatoba (a very hard wood, ideal for exterior applications), and is wholly mortise & tenon – about 35 in-all. The M&T are both integral and floating tenons.

This is an excellent project for anyone looking to build an outdoor bench which can withstand the elements, elegantly.


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David E. ...

Another stunner. Its a fantastic design, and that wood is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Bentlyj ...

That’s a great looking bench and looks like it’s built to stay around for a long long time. Very Nice! (clean woodworking)

lanwater ...

That is a beautiful bench MJCD.

I haven been wanting to build one for a long time. I saw this design few times.

Few months ago, I went out to get some lunch and saw the bench below by the restaurant.

Jatoba was at $7/bf how much do you pay for yours in your area?

Mike40 ...

Very nicely crafted MJCD and it’s a great design too. Jatoba was the perfect wood for this project.

Brian ...

Beautiful. How is it finished and is the color holding up?

MJCD ...

Thanks …

It’s hard to tell from the pictures – the back upright slats are tapered at 6 degrees, top to bottom – this was my first integral M&T project, and it had me sweating bullets during the build. All joints are epoxy (West Systems) glued; some of the tenons are pegged, as well.

Lanwater: Jatoba’s (8/4) is about $9/bf in Annapolis – the alternatives were Teak ($22/bf) and White Oak, which neither of us wanted.

Brian: my better-half wanted it unfinished, so it is. The bench has a less pronounced redish-brown (natural) color, giving way to a bit of gray – but still close to the original. I live on the Chesapeake Bay – the winds, rain, snow, and hot summer sun wreak havoc on anything outside; so I’ve very pleased with the way this has held-up.

The design is a purchased plan from Fine Woodworking; so I won’t take any credit for originality. The Jatoba machines well, is super heavy, a bit brittle, and will quickly dull any cutter not carbide.

MontyJ ...

That’s an awesome looking bench. You did a fine job on it!

Manitario ...

That has survived well without any finish! Great looking bench, I remember seeing it in FWW and putting it on my “future projects” list

a1jim ...

A very good build,nice work and super results.

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