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Benderboard bench in a horseshoe.

Curving around the edge of the patio, this horseshoe-shaped bench provides seating while keeping guests from wandering too close to the hillside. The 18-inch-wide bench defines a 15-foot-diameter arc.

San Diego landscape architect Richard Wilson designed the bench to be built up from individual pieces of redwood benderboard. From the top, the bench looks a solid 3-1/2 inches deep, but only the outer three boards on each side are full size.

Inner boards were ripped in half, bent, glued, and clamped to conform to the arc. Then they were drilled and bolted together with threaded rods spaced every 2 feet. After positioning the top on supports, Wilson nailed on the outer layers, belt-sanded the top smooth, and finished it with a water-repellent preservative.
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