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The Found Wood Project/1st Wedding Anniversary Gift

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Project by Linkovich posted 07-18-2016 11:40 PM 542 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in January. My family and I moved to a bigger and better farm house. With a huge barn, a.k.a. my shop. Beside that barn there was a neat stack of barn boards 1”x13”17’. In early June I decided to use some of these boards for an outdoor garden bench for my wife. I had no real plan… I just knew I have to be able to sit on it, and it can’t have any screws in it.
I started out by cutting these huge boards into 3 smaller manageable boards. I then ripped them into strips about 3” wide, then planed them down. At first I almost crapped my pants, because after cleaning just a bit off them. thought they might be oak. They are not oak. They are white ash. Pretty sweet still.
I made a few dumb choices along the way with this bench. Like cutting dados into the center boards of the legs before gluing them together. I should have just waited and cut the mortise out after. It would have been faster, and I had to do it anyway for the front support beam to connect. Stupid… Maybe I should start planning ahead? These 1am time saving ideas waste a lot of time.
I drilled pilot holes so I could re drill holes in the tenons after I jammed them in the mortises. All in there are 52 oak dowels holding this bench together. What a pain in the butt that was. I sanded it all down to 240. Then finished it with boiled linseed oil. Completed the bench just in time to give it to my wife for a first year wedding anniversary gift. She loves it. So I’m happy with it. .
Thanks for looking and check out my Facebook there is tons of build pics.

-- https://www.facebook.com/dirtroadwoodworks





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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#1 posted 07-18-2016 11:48 PM

Man that is gorgeous! I love the dowel work. I’m just finishing up my first dowel joined project and it has been a real learning experience. Good looking wood that you used. Please show us whatever else you make from the stack!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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Linkovich

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#2 posted 07-19-2016 12:13 AM


Man that is gorgeous! I love the dowel work. I m just finishing up my first dowel joined project and it has been a real learning experience. Good looking wood that you used. Please show us whatever else you make from the stack!

- MilFlyer

Thank you. It took some time to drill all those holes. Lol
I’ll post for sure. Thanks for checking it out.

-- https://www.facebook.com/dirtroadwoodworks

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