Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture

Outdoor garden furniture - Lutyens Bench

Pictured is a bench with a curved centre backrest. The benches we now make have a straight piece as the centre back rest. The curved top backrest remains as pictured.

Besides installing sundecks, wooden floors and wooden fencing we also produce a range of outdoor garden and patio furniture to compliment your outdoor wooden structures such as sun decks etc.

We’ve focused on top quality wooden outdoor and patio furniture. We don’t do flat pack. If you’re after that Makro or Game is your best bet. Our products are made to order, so taker a little longer, and are all manufactured with longevity in mind to give you many years of enjoyment.

Rain and sun always play a role in the decay of outdoor furniture and it is therefore very important to select the right timber for the product. The timber we use varies from H3 CCA Treated timber which is suitable, and guaranteed by the supplier, to last outdoors in the rain and sun for up to 50 years to balau in some of our pieces, although it is considerably more expensive than pine but it is a lot sturdier, stable and will also last many years in the sun and rain.

Depending on your budget and the product being manufactured we will advise the best timber and finish to use. We seal our products with an oil based sealer which penetrates the timber, leaving no waxy film or coating on the surface. Wax and coatings will always blotch, peel or flake and maintenance then becomes expensive due to the sanding or stripping that is required. With an oil based sealer it simply disappears as it degrades and cannot peel or flake because it is not a coating. Hence maintenance is inexpensive. You simply clean and re-apply.

From this page you can navigate on the menu bar to the left to view pics and details of our various outdoor furniture products. You can also search, using the search bar on the right, to search for specific items. You will find many articles on this blog of products we have made. From the info we provide you may even want to try it on your own, but if not you can contact us on 082 496 5444 or use the contact us form below.

Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture – Lutyens Bench

Outdoor garden furniture

Pictured is a bench with a curved centre backrest. The benches we now make have a straight piece as the centre back rest. The curved top backrest remains as pictured.

The Lutyens Bench was designed by Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens, referred to as “the greatest British architect” and is known best for having an instrumental role in designing and building a section of the metropolis of Delhi, known as New Delhi.

The Lutyens Bench contains a unique design on the back rest and the front posts which can be seen from the pictures alongside and elsewhere on this blog. There are various designs which have surfaced as carpenters adapt them and some include a curved centre back rest piece while others contain a straight piece. Fundamentally though the signature design remains much the same.

We construct these benches largely from balau timber as we obtain them from off cuts from our decking activities. Balau is a very hard, dense weather proof timber which contains many oils and resins which naturally repel water. Hence rot is reduced to a minimum. It also contains toxins which prevent insects from eating it, but are harmless to humans and animals.

If left unsealed balau will turn a grey colour which is often referred to as natural balau (unsealed). It won’t necessarily rot any quicker if left unsealed but it does tend to dry out more quickly resulting in fissures opening up on the surface of the wood allowing water to collect in them. If sealed, I recommend using oil based sealer which penetrates the timber and cannot peel or flake. It is then easy and inexpensive to maintain by simply cleaning it and applying more oil. The oil can be applied by brush, sponge, spray or cloth. No sanding is required. I have painted them white in the past but balau doesn’t take paint that well because of the oils and resins and may result in higher maintenance going forward.

There are more pictures available in the gallery and you can find articles on other benches we have made if you use the search bar on the top right.
The price varies from year to you. As of Feb 2014, at the time of writing, they are selling for R7, 850-00 each in balau. I wouldn’t recommend using pine as the pieces are thin in some areas and the pine contains knots which result in pieces breaking.

They are made to order and the lead time is up to 4 to 6 weeks. Courier services are available at about R1, 500-00 per bench to Gauteng. Courier rates should be obtained prior to ordering. We are based in Durban.

Please contact us on 082 496 5444, or use the contact us form below to get an updated price and lead time.

Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture – Lutyens Bench

Outdoor Garden and Patio Furniture - Lutyens Bench

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I was commissioned to make another outdoor Lutyens bench in balau, but this time it was to be painted white. I really battled this time around because I had misplaced the plans that were given to me on the first one I made. With the first one I made I was given the plans from the client who had ordered them online. There were not PDF plans but rather printed on A1 paper and posted to him.

Each curved piece was drawn on the plans in real size and needed to be cut out and pasted to a piece of softwood, then cut and shaped to make a template. That is then transposed to the work piece and cut leaving a 5mm or so gap on the edge and then flush trimmed using a flush trim router bit to arrive at a perfectly curved piece. They can then be re-produced quite easily and quickly.

Needless to say I lost my plans and my templates. Eventually I ordered them myself at huge cost only to find my plans when I cleaned my office out. So we started to cut all our shaped pieces. I then modified the plans slightly to make use of standard balau pieces that we use in our decking. I always have off cuts that are too small to use in decking but long enough to use in bench making, so it saves a lot of money which I can pass on to my clients in reduced selling prices. However changing the size of the pieces to make use of standard decking pieces results in some pieces changing length slightly. So now we couldn’t cut to the plans we had to work out how long various pieces needed to be to accommodate the change in thicknesses and widths of the stock we were using.

So it was a painfully slow process, but we eventually got there with our slightly modified design of our Lutyens Bench. We then quickly drew the Lutyens Bench, measured each piece and kept a note of it so that next time we know how long each piece is and we can then pre-cut all our pieces, mark them, domino or dowel them and glue the whole thing up a day or two.

The Lutyens Bench has a very distinctive design and look. It was originally designed and first built prior to 1913 by the Edwardian architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (the Dutch name is pronounced “Lut-chins”).

It has since become very popular and one can find various different styles with small changes. The back rest, together with eth arm rests, however remains pretty much original as that is what defines its unique design.

For a free no obligation quote on the Lutyens Bench or any other garden furniture, wooden decking or outdoor timber construction please feel free to contact us on 082 496 5444 or use the contact us form below.