Outdoor Slab Bench

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Project by mc269 posted 05-22-2014 03:41 PM 3383 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a slab bench I built for my Dad for Fathers day. I milled all of the wood from our farm with a chainsaw mill to build this bench out a large oak tree that had fallen in a storm a few years back. Since I didn’t have a planer large enough, finishing required lots of sanding and I finished with a teak oil.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#1 posted 05-22-2014 03:45 PM

Nice work! It looks strong and sturdy!
Welcome to Lj’s

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 05-22-2014 03:53 PM

Thanks! Yes, I don’t have to worry about the wind blowing this one away!

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#3 posted 05-22-2014 03:57 PM

I love seeing a project literally from start to finish. Gives you a bit more perspective into the work that goes into making a piece.

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#4 posted 05-22-2014 04:07 PM

Nice job. Good grain

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 05-22-2014 05:27 PM

Cool bench – welcome to LJ’s


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 05-22-2014 05:46 PM

Very nice, really cool from the tree to a finished bench!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#7 posted 05-22-2014 07:01 PM

so much versatility when you can mill your own lumber. care to tell us more about your mill? manufacturer, chainsaw specs, etc.

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#8 posted 05-22-2014 07:42 PM

I really like being able to mill my own lumber. When you cut into a log, you never know what you are going to get. I can mill exactly what I need and we have a large amount of timber on the property so it’s free..which makes it even better. This is a Granberg chainsaw mill, paired with a Stihl MS 360. I bought this to make a fireplace mantel and after I used it, starting cutting boards for wood projects. This little gadget is what actually got me into woodworking. After cutting some boards I realized I needed some wood working tools to do something with all the lumber I was cutting! It takes some time to cut, but I enjoy doing it. I can load it on the 4 wheeler and get to trees in remote places that would otherwise have been left to rot. We have an abundance of Walnut trees on our farm and no way to get them milled so this works for me. I have sawn several stacks of walnut that would have cost me quite a bit if I had to buy. I would like to eventually upgrade to a small bandmill, but this will do for now.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#9 posted 05-22-2014 08:47 PM

I like that freshly cut log. That’s really a large oak tree. Nice looking bench!

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#10 posted 05-22-2014 10:19 PM

Nice job on the bench. Milling your own lumber on your own farm makes the project a lot more rewarding.

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#11 posted 05-22-2014 11:05 PM

that black walnut makes my mouth water. i mill mainly birch here for projects. no fancy woods in the north.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 05-23-2014 12:20 AM

Bushmaster I know what you mean. It’s plentiful here but still makes my mouth water. By far my favorite wood to work with.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#13 posted 05-23-2014 12:28 AM

Great bench, awesome log. Definitely would want all of that.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 05-23-2014 05:20 AM

Very Nice Bench Mike!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#15 posted 05-23-2014 05:33 AM

Nice bench! Chainsaw mills are a great way to get lumber from places that aren’t accessible with other equipment.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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