Horse Shoe Pit

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Project by Wingstress posted 07-17-2015 04:15 PM 6077 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Summer fun with some horse shoes. The Pits were standard regulation made from pressure treated pine. But the real fun was the surrounding area. I had milled a huge maple with a 42” chainsaw years ago. The wood was so hard to work with. I tried making some projects with it, but it was so hard to cut, plane, joint, basically everything that I finally said screw it and just rough cut everything and slapped it together with screws and lag bolts. No fancy jointery just band saw and screw. It was difficult for me to let go of my perfectionist attitude. I had to keep telling myself it was sitting outside in the woods and drunk people would be throwing large metal objects at it. Are they really going to notice that I used a lag bolt and not a dove tail? So far, its provided many evenings of enjoyment and no one has mentioned the lack of jointery. The one thing missing from these pictures is that there is a large fire pit just 15 feet away. My wife has now accused me of turning our yard into a state park. My response – Good idea – Maybe I should build a Frisbee golf course through the woods and of course some outhouses :-)

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 07-17-2015 05:49 PM

Love that bench, and lets see a better pic of the “shelf” you wrapped around the tree :-)

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#2 posted 07-17-2015 06:00 PM

very cool, looks like a great place for a good time!

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#3 posted 07-18-2015 12:28 PM

Very nice. Pitching shoes is a gr8 outdoor game.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 07-19-2015 04:44 PM

really nice furniture!
I had to laugh at beating yourself up over all the potential uses for the wood and quality joinery
Your right though – sometimes you have to think about the end use and do it in spite of yourself
thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 03:06 PM

So cool, I’ll be right over to play looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 04:47 PM

Love the “scoring pole”

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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