Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Iroko bench

So far this week I have made an Iroko bench seat for a Brighton back garden. The concrete base was already in place so I built the seat to fit it. The whole thing was assembled in the workshop so on-site fitting only took half an hour or so. It would have been a very simple job but I wanted the back to lean back at an angle so it felt more comfortable to sit on. This made the mitres in the corner a bit trickier than they would have otherwise been. I think it was worth the extra work though.
Iroko is a great timber for exterior use. Like teak, it has natural oils which protect it from rotting. It is sometimes referred to as "poor man's teak" but is a very good substitute at half the price! The quite strong yellow colour you see in the picture will darken over time to a rich golden brown.

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