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Projects #1: Bench from reclaimed Redwood Decking

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Blog entry by drsongs posted 03-21-2011 12:42 AM 2408 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a quick Sunday afternoon project.

I picked up some old torn down Redwood Decking a few weeks ago and have been trying to figure out what to do with it so here’s the first item out of it. Got enough to make another so I’ll probably do that with what’s left.

Guess I should’ve taken pictures as I was making it but wasn’t thinking about that at the time. Just to give you a little play by play: All the pieces are 2×6 redwood decking screwed together with 3” square drive exterior screws – The legs are (2) on each side 15 1/2” notched out to accomodate the brace under the 2 seating planks – the end pieces are screwed into the brace and the leg pieces – the seating planks are screwed from the top down into the legs and I put a screw in the bottom of the 2 leg pieces at an angle to keep them together and more stable. Bench length is 53” legs are 7” in on each side.

-- Respect your tools so you keep all your fingers to play guitar... and Thank God daily.



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peterrum

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#1 posted 03-21-2011 03:13 AM

Nice, I like seeing what people do with reclaimed wood. Did you have to do anything to prepare the wood before you used it on this project.

Cheers

-- Carpe Diem

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drsongs

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#2 posted 03-21-2011 04:37 PM

Thanks Pete,
Cleaned it up a bit. Did a little sanding. It’d be nice if I had a planer but that’s just another tool on the wish list.
I guess you could say this isn’t a bench you want to slide on right now. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to leave it rustic of try to smooth it out some more.

-- Respect your tools so you keep all your fingers to play guitar... and Thank God daily.

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stefang

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#3 posted 03-21-2011 06:14 PM

The bench looks great and it’s always good to recycle materials when possible. Looking at your bench I began thinking about the exposed end grain where weather may result in some cracks (checking) eventually. Over the past few years I’ve been cutting a thin long grain strip and gluing it over the exposed end grain on my outdoor projects with a water proof glue like Titebond III or polyurethane glue to prevent checking. It’s almost invisible and it really works amazingly well. You might not want to bother with this, but I just thought to throw the tip out there in case you might be interested.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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drsongs

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#4 posted 03-21-2011 06:36 PM

Ya – it’s always a bummer when you got this nice aged wood and then you have to make a clean cut and lose that rustic look but “dems da berries” I’ll keep the tip in mind – for this project I think I’m going to let it weather and eventually hopefully catch up with the rest of the weathered look.

-- Respect your tools so you keep all your fingers to play guitar... and Thank God daily.

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