Reclaimed Oak Bench

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Project by Christian Holihan posted 05-11-2015 07:54 PM 1028 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was hired to make a 6’ bench to go with an inherited kitchen table. She needed it in 4 days. I was able to get a great source of old wood. The top and legs are white oak, the aprons are poplar. All i did to finish it was sand it smooth while keeping some mill marks and aging. The wood was leftover from a Tennessee homestead back in the 50s.

I used pocket holes to put it together. If it were up to me, I would plane it all true and flat then use traditional joinery, but time did not allow for it and the client wanted the aged exterior.

This bench weighed 8000 pounds. I am glad it is done. The client was super happy.



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#1 posted 05-11-2015 08:51 PM

Certainly looks very sturdy, and I do like the “Old Rustic” look. If it fits the furniture style … well then it’s a winner.

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#2 posted 05-12-2015 12:54 AM

Looks like sturdy bench. Rustic stuff like this is so popular. It’s almost like the less you try to make it perfect the better they like it. Nice job!

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