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Oxford Garden Classic 5-Foot Shorea Bench
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- Arms are sculpted using a 35 degree radius for a well-rounded, comfortable feel
- Deep seat and ergonomic curve
- Shorea is a tropical hardwood that is resistant to rot, bug infestation, and various weather conditions
- Weathers to a warm grey or color can be maintained using teak oil
- Commercial grade, built for superiority and strength
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By Oxford Garden.
A traditional favorite, the Classic Collection from Oxford Garden is a look straight from the English garden and perfect for your home.
This collection of wide slatted benches, chairs, and occasional tables is constructed from rugged shorea wood designed to look and feel great for years to come.
The Classic collection also features a handsome old world styled rocking chair that is simply a must have for front porches. Classic is a collection that enhances the smart neo-traditional look of your outside spaces with grace.
For nearly 20 years Oxford Garden has furnished moments lived outdoors. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, our focus is to provide outdoor furniture that enhances commercial and residential spaces, creating memorable outdoor living experiences that stand the test of time.
Shorea is a tropical hardwood that grows naturally in Southeast Asia and is well suited for use in creating outdoor furniture. The beauty of shorea wood, combined with the precision craftsmanship we use to implement it into our furniture, results in timeless pieces that retain their value for years to come.
- Tested for durability and longevity
- Heavy and dense
- Suitable for all weather conditions
- Easy to maintain
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Classic is inspired by the English garden; elegant, charming and comfortable Rooted in traditional English design, Classic complements any setting
This 5-foot garden bench combines Oxford's sophisticated design and superior manufacturing, and the result is yours to enjoy for years. The bench is crafted from Shorea wood, a semihardwood similar to teak, and is ideally suited for outdoor use. While rain and sun can damage lesser woods, Oxford's Classic garden bench will endure season after season in your garden, weathering to a warm shade of gray. Built using mortise-and-tenon joinery (the most structurally sound method), the bench features solid wood dowel construction. This Classic English garden bench is also available in a 4-foot model. You will receive the bench partially assembled; it only takes about 30 minutes to complete the assembly.
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Problem 1: some of the dowels are fatter than they should be. The manual did warn users to sand it down if it is too tight, BUT how would I have guessed all of them except one are way too fat? When you concluded it was too fat, it would already 1/3 in their, and difficult to pull out. It was a pain to sand it down also because the dowels are made of some thick fiber that came apart easily.
Problem 2: this is never mentioned in the manual - they dowels could also be too long! In my case, more than half of the 12 used were too long. One of them was 2mm longer than the others which were too long as well! I realized this by the time I am done with the 3rd dowel, because all first 3 had their butt split and flattens like a mushroom. In the process of hammering, I caused a hairline crack at the front left side.
See the attached photo.
I just wrote to the company to request replacement part (leg, but I am not sure if it is even possible to dissemble at this point) or return. I will update later.
There was no missing part fortunately. But I ran into big headache with the dowels. All of them except 1 are too fat (warned in the manual) AND too long (not warned in manual).
The instruction warns to trim down the diameter when it is too tight, which was what I did. But there was nothing about they being too long. I ended up having to hammer 3 of them hard, splitting when flattening their butt and they now look ugly.
That was when I realized they were actually too long, not just too fat. Checked my remaining 5 dowels and one of them was ~2mm longer than the remaining 4. So I cut these short by 2mm to avoid earlier issue. But, I could not have anticipate all of the dowels I had except the very last one were fat. I ended up causing a hairline crack to the front left side leg (it was the 3rd dowel from the very last one I did tonight).
I had high hope for this furniture and I am very disappointed at this point. I don't think I can put it in my garden given its looks.
When originally purchasing, my assumption was that I would have to make up for mediocre workmanship by rebuilding. I have an extensive workshop which claims most of my hobby time. This bench was absolutely ready for teak oil and did not require any final sanding or fitting. I had to resist the urge to use glue on the dowels. If the bench would have been less impressive I would have glued the dowels. Since the clear to read (and grammatically correct!) instructions did not say to glue the dowels, I actually trusted the manufacturer/instructions. After assembly according to the instructions, the bench was very solid. Even more crazy, there were extra dowels and screws included in the event I needed them. One of the dowels turned out to be a little small (diameter) and I just used one of the extra dowels.
If I were to suggest changes to the bench:
None apparent. Time will tell if holds up to the elements.
If I were to suggest any changes to the instructions:
1. Specifically say to not glue. I read and reread thinking I must be missing something.
2. Suggest using a small piece of wood placed against the bench when tapping the tenons into place. Hammering directly on the would could dent the wood. A nylon faced dead-blow hammer is task specific but not needed if one uses the wood as a buffer.
3. After starting the dowel, suggest using a small piece of wood placed against the dowel to finish driving it instead of directly with a hammer. The hammer could dent the wood when making the dowel flush.
Total time from cutting the box open to sitting on the bench was about 30 minutes (with a screw gun). It could have been about 10 minutes but I didn't want to incorrectly assemble so was slow and methodical following instructions.
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