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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 2902 days ago 3752 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest projects this summer.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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mikeH

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#1 posted 2902 days ago

nice looking bench. by the look of the background, do you harvest your own logs for the furniture. i ask because i have been asked to build some rustic furniture. but i don’t live in a woods with saplings to cut. do you know of a source to purchase them. any tips on building would we cool.

thanks

-- mjhaines

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 2902 days ago

Hi Mike,
Thanks for the compliment. The Cedar I used for these benches was given to me. My neighbor at our cabin found a bunch of short pieces that the loggers left at their logging site. They cut off to 100”, & leave the shorter stuff. I have some Tamarack & Tag Alder growing on a bog on my property, but I mostly use the Tag Alder for smaller projects. Although I built a porch railing with some of my Tamarack last year.

I purchased a “Logman Tenon Maker” from “Rockler Hardware” last year. It works quite well. It requires the use of a large router, & it has templates to cut 5/8”, 1”, 1 1/2”, 2”, & 2 3/4” tenon’s. Once the router is adjusted properly, you don’t have to reset your router when changing templates. You rotate the wood by hand while feeding it to the machine. Rockler also sells a book along with the machine, on making Rustic furniture, with some plans in it. Although I haven’t use their plans. It explains the proceess fairly well. It’s almost like playing with “Tinker Toys”, like when I was a kid.

Off hand I don’t know of any specific supplier of Cedar posts, but you can check, http://www.woodfinder.com/tips.php.

I think you can find local suppliers on this site. I hope this is helpful

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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darryl

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#3 posted 2902 days ago

that looks pretty cool. I’m sure it draws some attention by any guests visiting your cabin.

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 2901 days ago

Nice i like the web work of branches on the back. Mike check into local fencing company we can get 14’ long 3” dia. logs.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 2901 days ago

Thanks Dennis,
The webbing on the back rest is Tag Alder.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Diane

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#6 posted 2691 days ago

It looks like you built three of them for your back yard by these pictures. I love the backs as well. I like the rustic look being that it is my favorite. The ingravings are beautiful too.

Diane

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 2691 days ago

Thanks Diane.
I built two for my fine neighbor, & one for us. He gave me the logs, so I figured he earned them.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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PanamaJack

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#8 posted 2681 days ago

Great and comfortable looking benches.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 2681 days ago

Thank you Jack!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Chip

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#10 posted 2681 days ago

Dick, you are too much. I looked over your projects a while back and must have missed this beaut. It is wonderful. I am just amazed at your versatility and ability to go from one thing like a sailboat to carving to well, everything. This piece is just terrific and I’m glad it re-surfaced so I got a chance to see it. Am going back to your projects to make sure I don’t miss any other gems. Thanks for sharing these things with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2681 days ago

Thank you Chip.
It’s fun to try different things, it makes life exciting.
Whats’ the old saying?
”Try it you might like it”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Mark

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#12 posted 2680 days ago

Those are 3 great benches. The back webbing is a wonderful touch. I live in the TX. Hills Country and we have an abundance of cedar that we clear and burn from our properties. You have given me some ideas on ways to use the wood rather than have it go up in smoke. Thanks. Did you use any finish on the benches or just keep them bare wood?

Again those are great benches.

-- Mark

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woodspar

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#13 posted 2680 days ago

Great bench Dick. I especially like the web in picture three. I like seeing the rustic style here at LJ. It is inspiring.

Mark, you bring up an interesting point. Recently somebody clear cut many acres of wood near me…when one thinks of the cost of wood today – it makes one wonder about all of the wood that never sees the light of the woodshop…

-- John

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 2680 days ago

Thanks Guys!
I give them a coat of thinned boiled linseed oil.
The loggers won’t be leaving much anymore . Our local power plant has switched to burning wood.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Buckskin

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#15 posted 2444 days ago

I love these benches. Thanks for sharing them and Ditto to all the above!

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