Log Bench

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Project by TravistheNewb posted 09-26-2015 04:57 AM 1429 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I debated whether or not to post this because it’s pretty rough and I’m not exactly proud of it, but in the end, for me, my LJ projects are intended to showcase my journey more than my skill, so here it is.

Backstory: My parents had a concrete bench by their pond and my son and I broke it this summer jumping off of it together. It was a concrete slab set on top of two concrete legs. I salvaged the legs and promised I’d make them a new bench.

There is about 1/8 acre on their land with wood from trees the previous owner felled years ago so I scoured it and didn’t find a whole lot of options based on my size requirements and the overall poor condition of the wood. The log I chose ended up having quite a bit of soft wood around the perimeter and I couldn’t knock it all off without the remains being too small for my purposes but it was the best I could find.

Eventually I plan to put a more permanent bench top on it but it was a good learning exercise and gives them something to sit on just in time for the Texas weather to cool down.

All questions and constructive criticism are welcome. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 06:18 AM

Log benches are supposed to be rough, looks fine.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 12:31 PM

Looks pretty neat to me.

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

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 01:09 PM

Yeah, David Pye wrote a couple of books on craftsmanship in which one of the things he distinguished was between highly regulated (ie precise) work vs rough work Either has their place and either can exhibit good or poor workmanship. Like a well built strong split rail fence can be rough and still be good workmanship, or it can be done poorly.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#4 posted 09-26-2015 02:50 PM

Even crude projects from one person can inspire someone else to create fantastic projects in the future. I like ‘Can do!’ approaches to many things. Many people would not even try.

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 08:16 PM

I like the repurposed concrete legs giving them new life.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 09:37 PM

Thanks all! I appreciate the encouragement.

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#7 posted 09-27-2015 11:01 AM

I would be proud to have something like that in my backyard. I like the concrete idea. I may try one using a couple of leftover concrete blocks! Thanks for sharing!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#8 posted 05-08-2018 01:53 AM

Nice job on fitting the old legs to the bench. It is real nice and rustic for out doors!! Leqving the bark on adds to it!
Do you know what wood that is?


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-08-2018 03:02 PM

@Jim- I’m pretty sure it is post oak

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