I dream of making some simple (but elegant and finely crafted, lol) benches for my garden, maybe even a couple of small tables, a gate, and an arbor or pergola (what's the difference between an arbor and a pergola, anyway?) Okay, many of you have all kinds of tools that sound almost exotic to me, because I've only just begun to accumulate tools. I have a circular saw, a jigsaw, a cheapo imitation Dremel rotary tool, a broken router (don't look a gift horse in the mouth), a palm sander, a brad/small nail gun, a drill, a mitre box, and assorted hand tools (hammer, screwdrivers, saw, etc.)
I should be able to do these projects with these tools, right? (I'll be asking for your help with joinery.) Any ideas for other pieces that don't require a small investment in HD or Lowes, lol? Have you done any that you can show us?
This is a picture of a bench at The Antique Rose Emporium. I took lots of close-ups of the construction.
That bench is actually a fairly easy build and the answer is a resounding YES, you can build it with the tools you already have.
Although it looks like that one is made from mahogany, teak, or another relatively expensive hardwood that ages gray, I'd suggest that good old red oak available inexpensively at HD, or Lowes would work nicely. Take a good look at the bench Hardwood made over in Garden Art and you can see that they are pretty basic. The one he did was executed by an experienced and talented woodworker, but benches are indeed wonderful 'starter' projects for woodworkers looking for a rewarding project.
Hi all you woodworkers. I just thought I would share a couple of my projects. I took up woodworking about 7 years ago such as scroll saw and fret work. But now I am in to the bigger stuff cause the fret work was getting to be too much. Here is a bench I just made about a month ago.
Thank you very much.
I just made that from scrap wood.I figured it out all by my little lonesome. lol I didn't have any plans for it. It was pretty basic. The only real problem I had with it was cutting the heart with a sabre saw. It took forever. But it was fun doing and now all my friends want one. I wonder how much to charge. Hmmmmmmmmm