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We had a 14 year old privacy arbor covered with virginia creeper that was getting pretty grudgy so took it down. Lots of spruce 2 x 4's left kicking around so salvaged them for this bench. Had a design mind block so went to google images & had a look there. Printed the design I liked & using the dimensions given drew up a plan by measuring the print-out and applying "x" mm = 1". The google design had a straight upright back which I modified to a 11 degree angle. The tops of the arms of the google plan simply carried a number of slats up the side of the ends & over the arms. That looked uncomfortable to me so I made a curved, solid, top for the arms. Nice and comfortable.
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Lee
 

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Some of you sharp eyed guys are gonna ask " Whut's thet board hangin at the end of the bench"? That is my hi-tech coffee table. It has a round recess in one end. The other end simply slips into the slot formed by the uppermost slat & the top curved arm piece.
Viola...somewhere to put your coffee cup, or whatever.

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Lee Brubaker said:
We had a 14 year old privacy arbor covered with virginia creeper that was getting pretty grudgy so took it down. Lots of spruce 2 x 4's left kicking around so salvaged them for this bench. Had a design mind block so went to google images & had a look there. Printed the design I liked & using the dimensions given drew up a plan by measuring the print-out and applying "x" mm = 1". The google design had a straight upright back which I modified to a 11 degree angle. The tops of the arms of the google plan simply carried a number of slats up the side of the ends & over the arms. That looked uncomfortable to me so I made a curved, solid, top for the arms. Nice and comfortable.
Thanks for looking.

Lee
WOW Lee,

Great looking bench and I especially like it because it is made of recycled wood. I recycle pallet wood into my projects and use alot of it for trim.

Fantastic Job.:D
 

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WOW!! An excellent idea on recycling good lumber. Keep up the good work!! :D :D :D
 

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Derek: I have found for outside projects that I do not want to have to redo every second year that four coats of exterior acrylic latex to be very lasting. For example, if you look at the magenta colored front arbor posted previously here it has withstood 5 winters here in Edmonton & still does not need touch-up or repainting. I usually paint all of the components prior to assy because coverage is better, easier to apply hence not such a tedious job.

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Hi Fibertech:
Sorry to be so late replying....it's toy making time & have not been hanging out on the forum much lately. The finish is 4 coats of exterior acrylic latex applied with a brush. Quite fast drying so not as bad as it sounds. On several other exterior projects I have used this latex & it weathers very well.

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Hi Bob:

Probably about 20 hrs build time because of the fooling around without bonafide plans....just a sketch so a lot of rechecking measurements because I was not that confident of my dimension conversions from the photo that I downloaded from google.

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