My Most Appreciated Project

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About a year ago, I made this simple bench. I put it near the edge of the cliff by our beach house, overlooking the ocean.

Two old 2×6’s, two log rounds, and a hand full of framing nails. I found the wood beside the garage. It took longer to carry the wood out there than it did to build it. No skill required.

Every day that I’ve been at the house, I’ve seen people out sitting on the bench. Usually a number of different people use it throughout the day. Someone is almost always on it at sunset.

The neighbors all figured out I put it out there. A number of them have come by to say thanks, and that they really appreciate having it there. In 30 years of woodworking, I’ve never had anything that was this appreciated and used by so many people.

I realized it’s not about what I made. The bench gets forgotten when looking at the ocean or a sunset. My greatest work doesn’t show my skill, it provides a place to for people to sit and see God’s skill. I like that very much.

-- Troy | | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#1 posted 09-19-2015 06:35 AM

Thank you for sharing this. I dont be very good at english but beyond the words, i understood perfectly the message.

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 09:14 AM

That was wonderfiul

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 09-19-2015 10:38 AM

Well done and well said.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 09-19-2015 01:40 PM

A simple project that brings a lot of pleasure to both you and the people that use it. You should be very proud. Thanks for sharing.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#5 posted 09-19-2015 01:41 PM

A simple project that brings a lot of pleasure to both you and the people that use it. You should be very proud. Thanks for sharing.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#6 posted 09-19-2015 02:27 PM

Too often we get caught up in the details and the complexity of woodworking when it is unnecessary. Thank you for providing a place for others to sit and focus on God’s work.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 09-19-2015 02:50 PM

Thanks for posting this.
There is a very good life lesson here for all of us.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 09-19-2015 04:29 PM

Simple , easy to do and very well received and used by those who know you made it as well as those who don’t know. Sounds like a Win-Win to me.

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#9 posted 09-19-2015 05:45 PM

“Less is more” ... What a wonderful post, and thanks for reminding us that it doesn’t have to be a G&G replica, only a useful item.

Let’s see now, adding a recliner back and a foot rest …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 09-19-2015 05:58 PM

Nothing like a well positioned bench…great post!

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#11 posted 09-19-2015 06:17 PM

What a great spot to see a beautiful sunset. Funny – I’ll bet that if you had toiled away on a bench with fine joinery and a slick finish, it may not have gotten as many complements. The sunset and the view are on center stage – the bench just holds your butt so you can enjoy it.

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#12 posted 09-19-2015 07:50 PM

Sometimes the simplest thing give back the greatest reward.
Nice work!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 09-19-2015 08:55 PM

One of the coolest posts I’ve seen in a long time.
Nice job Troy.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#14 posted 09-19-2015 09:06 PM

Well done, and well said… by all. Thank you for posting this.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#15 posted 09-19-2015 10:09 PM

Now that’s a project!

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

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