Memorial Bench


I delivered the memorial bench last weekend, and it was very well received. This is probably the most challenging project I’ve completed to this point. A big Thank You to everyone for the advice provided in the forums regarding the M&T on the curved top rail and steering me away from the concoction of a sealant I was advised to use when I bought the wood! It really did help, and probably saved me from some sort of cancer (I was advised by the wood seller to use an insecticide mixed with anti-freeze and water). The bench was made from cypress, and is simply sealed with Thompson’s water seal, which should allow it to gray naturally to eventually match the other two benches at the church. All mortise and tenon construction. The arm rests had an angled mortise and tenon to be able to mate to the 10 degree angle of the back support.

As always, thanks for looking, and thank you again for all the help. It is greatly appreciated!


Well done. It feels like I made it myself.


Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

It turned out great David

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Great job David.

-- Soli Deo gloria! ( To God alone be the Glory)

Excellent work. Glad to hear it was well received.

Losing fingers since 1969

It looks amazing and so glad you are not poisoned. I agree with Madts…well done you with the complex mortices. Proper respect, mate. Well done.

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)