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  • #599653
    Selva
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    @IanHemphill , @PaulRoxwell Thanks for the remarks — I’ll check. One problem with softwood is you cant tighten the screws too much, the head just eats into the wood. I’m going to try what Ian suggested as well as look at options to get a tighter fit.

    selva

    #600435
    Sandy
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    @selva: I didn’t have the squeak problem with either one of the ones I built. Are you using a full 1″ board for the slats? I’m thinking the standard 1x from the local big box store may not be strong enough as they are only 3/4″. I used a planned down 2x so I got the full 1″. You might add another support in the middle instead of the one if your going to use thinner material.

    BTW, I wouldn’t give your sitting friend anymore of that wine. He looks a little looped… 🙂

    I’ll be starting another one soon..

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #600479
    Selva
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    @sandy 5/4 cedar decking was used for the slats, so its 1″ thick. But you are right, it does seem to flex more than a similar sized spruce would. I’ve reattached the slats with some glue in addition to screws and that has stopped the creaking for now.

    The cocktail with my “buddy” was a test (not dry 🙂 run. This one is going to be a surprise gift to my nephew who recently bought a house — thanks to Paul and the awesome support group here.

    selva

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    #634088
    chaywesley
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    Hi,

    Sorry to hijack this thread, but I’m working on my garden bench and this seems related. I messed up a bit, corrected it, and now a long story short is that I’m trying to figure out how to finish with the wood I have left. To that end, I’m wondering if you folks think 3/4″ seat slats would be sufficient if they were made using white oak? If not, then I suppose it’s back to the lumber mill, which I would really rather avoid right now.

    Thanks.

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    #634116
    Ian Hemphill
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    I have to admit, that if it was me, I’d try it with the 3/4” oak. There’s lots of slats to distribute the load and you have good support with the center cross rail. Might marginally change the look, but I’d be surprised if it was noticeable. In the absolute worst case if it didn’t work to your satisfaction you can always take them off and use the wood on something else, and you’re not any worse off than now. Live large and go with the experiment! 😁

    #634622
    Ian Hemphill
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    Actually, of course, you don’t even need to go as far as fully installing the slats to see whether they would work for you just lay out the rough milled boards and see if they feel ok or feel like they have too much flex when you sit on them. If they bend more than you feel comfortable with, no harm done, use them elsewhere, but if they feel solid enough, you get to save a trip to the yard.

    #634846
    chaywesley
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    Ok… I think I’ll give the 3/4″ oak a go for the seat slats then. I suppose in the worst case I can either replace them with thicker later on as you suggest, or maybe even use two supports underneath each spaced 1/3 from the end if I’m able to determine in advance that the 3/4 will flex too much.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    #636839
    Sandy
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    I would think that 3/4 Oak would be fine. I have some Oak being cut for another bench and I might go 3/4 on purpose just to cut the weight down a bit. As far as the messing up, I messed up on several things but there are usually ways to fix the booboos.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

    #639538
    Sandy
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    I had some oak cut for my next bench. No picking through stacks at the big box stores… I just take what the Sawyer sold me… it should have some character… I couldn’t get this thing to attach files this morning. Maybe later. 🙂

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Albert Einstein

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