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Project by CanalboatJim posted 2015 days ago 2766 views 40 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I rebuilt my deck this summer and couldn’t stand the thought of trashing the redwood railing. this bench was the result. I chose this project so as to give me more practice with mortice and tenons. The bench is finished with Superdeck Natural deck stain. The last picture shows the material I started with. It took me as long to mill the wood as it did to build and finish the bench. I’ve added this new picture with the bench in it’s home in the hosta garden. The lovely young lady is my chief garden inspector Ellie

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 2015 days ago

Looks like it was worth your time to reclaim that wood. Nicely done.

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#2 posted 2015 days ago

yes, very nice.

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#3 posted 2015 days ago

I love it when somebody can take what amounts to nothing and make something very fine out of it. I did that recently, too, and I know how you feel about this great looking item.

Howard Ferstler

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#4 posted 2015 days ago

I really love this!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 2015 days ago

It caught my eye. Very handsome. I like it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 2015 days ago

This is really impressive. I like the overall design, the many details, and the finish. More amazing after seeing the raw materials.

-- Larry

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#7 posted 2015 days ago

Not only dose it look fantastic but you recycled. Thank you for posting and my niece (the tree hugger) thanks you for recycling.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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#8 posted 2015 days ago

Nice clean design. I plan to “borrow” it, if you don’t mind. Unfortunately, I don’t have the redwood available to re-use.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#9 posted 2015 days ago

That will go into my favorites. Nice job.

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#10 posted 2015 days ago

Nice job. I’d like to borrow part of your lay-out as well. And like the others, I’ll have to buy the lumber. Maybe I’ll find some straight clean PT-pine pieces for practice.

-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana

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#11 posted 2015 days ago

Great use of salvage materials. A beautiful bench.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#12 posted 2015 days ago

Wow Nice Bench Nothing Better then recycling Wood

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 2015 days ago

great project and nice save on the material.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#14 posted 2015 days ago

great design. looks nice and clean! real nice work.
and the fact that you salvaged what most people would have tossed to the landfill… even better!

it’s a great example of what can be done when people take the time to salvage old materials.

good work!

-- Pabs

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#15 posted 2014 days ago

just think you gave that redwood a third life,and saved another from getting cut down.great thinking.thanks

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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