|Project by Tooch||posted 09-09-2015 09:48 AM||832 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
In the beginning of spring, my wife had asked me to start acquiring pallets for a garden project she wanted to do. Once she started realizing how much work went into pulling apart pallets and extracting all the rusty nails, she was quickly “over it.”
One of the pallets in particular had some beautiful pieces of wood that I couldn’t just get rid of, so I made this bench for my two daughters to sit on while we are outside playing or sitting by the fire. The legs, upper back support and vertical supports are all Quarter-sawn Red Oak, and the seat slats are all White Oak. the supports for the seat are Poplar. Approx size for the seat is 8”deep by 36” wide, 18” off the ground; the overall height of the backrest is about 36” off the ground.
While trying to pull the nails out of the legs, I quickly realized that it just wasn’t happening (the heads were rusted & snapping off) so I decided to pound them back in and grind them down flush with the rest of the board. in hindsight in kinda adds an Aesthetic aspect which I think adds to the rustic look. As always, the pictures dont do the QSRO legs and back justice, as it looks awesome up close and in person.
Being that this was going to be out in the elements, I used PPG SunProof deck & siding semi-transparent stain. I love the look of it, but I may have applied the second coat too soon after the first, because a day later it still feels tacky in some spots.
Thanks for looking, as always comments, questions, concerns or complaints welcome!
-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails