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Project by texretvet posted 01-23-2015 01:40 AM 2409 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this bench for my Dad for Christmas.

It is all made from one tree that had been dead on the back side of my place for quite a while.

I cut the slabs with a chainsaw and then hand planed them.

I cut the lumber for the legs and jointed and then planed it.

Finished the whole thing with boiled linseed oil.





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Jofa

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 05:50 PM

Beautiful work!

Can you explain how the back is fastened? Looks like rebar. Did you sink it down into the frame or just the bench top?

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 05:52 PM

It’s beautiful.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 07:10 PM

Great job

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#4 posted 01-23-2015 07:14 PM

Yes this great idea would look good in my garden,where I currently have an old 150+ years church pew.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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texretvet

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#5 posted 01-23-2015 08:22 PM

Thanks for the compliments!

Jofa, the back is attached with steel rods. It’s not rebar, just some old scrap I had laying around. I bent it to the angle that I wanted and bored into the lower slab and upper slab and connected them that way. The from is put together with pocket screws and the seat slab is connected to the frame with pocket screws.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 01-23-2015 09:36 PM

Nice bench from my favorite wood! The metal rod connection of seat to back is one I haven’t seen before but look like a good plan to me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 01:13 AM

Well done, turning a dead tree into a great looking bench! Looks like a nice place to have a cold one!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 02-20-2015 02:02 AM

That’s a pretty cool bench, looks good. thanks for explaining the seat back connection.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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