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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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#1 posted 1748 days ago

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

-- The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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#2 posted 1748 days ago

cool design!

-- John - Central PA -

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#3 posted 1748 days ago

Very cool design and resourceful use of barn wood

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 1747 days ago

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

-- Alan, Prince George

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#5 posted 1747 days ago

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 1747 days ago

Looks good, nice place for them too.

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

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#7 posted 1744 days ago

this is realy it very much

-- hrvoje

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 1739 days ago

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.

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#9 posted 1721 days ago

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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#10 posted 1719 days ago

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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