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Project by Sinister posted 07-06-2009 04:22 PM 2044 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The barn at my friend’s family farm collapsed 70 years after it was built. I took them up on the offer of a truck load of wide planks and beams. The wood was extremely weathered, and it took several passes through the planer to clean up it up. It turned out to be cedar. In the end, I was left with a few beams and a lot of ½” thick stock which dictated this design. I had enough to build the set shown and a matching bench that I gave back to my friend’s family. My wife put the birds and candle on there –so now she says that she helped!

-- Patrick, Iowa City





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JJohnston

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#1 posted 07-06-2009 05:03 PM

Very nice. Looks real solid. How was the friend’s family’s reaction?

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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John

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#2 posted 07-06-2009 05:04 PM

cool design!

-- John - Central PA - http://affyx.wordpress.com

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 05:06 PM

Very cool design and resourceful use of barn wood

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Alan

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 06:18 PM

Very nice. Is there any type of finish on them?

-- Alan, Prince George

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Sinister

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 06:38 PM

The family seemed pleased, but they are very nice people and would have been pleased no matter what.

There’s no finish except Thompson’s WaterSeal with UV protectant which I sprayed on with a garden sprayer. I was surprised to see that it helped bring out the color of the cedar. I also spilled some on the lawn and was surprised to see that it’s an effective herbicide.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#6 posted 07-06-2009 06:57 PM

Looks good, nice place for them too.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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hrvoje

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 11:01 PM

this is realy cool..like it very much

-- hrvoje

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 07-14-2009 07:16 PM

A great looking design, & a great use of recycling old boards.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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JoeC61

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#9 posted 08-01-2009 07:32 PM

This is a really nice looking design. It looks like a lot of time was spent on it and I like that it’s reclaimed wood! Gets my vote!

-- Joe-Carver, MN

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sIKE

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#10 posted 08-03-2009 08:27 PM

Bench looks great! Your wife sounds like mine, tells me which bulbs are out after I put up the Christmas lights…then tells everyone that she helped put up the Christmas Lights….of course :)

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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