Barn Find Oak Stool

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Project by Jennings_Homestead posted 09-25-2016 01:48 PM 1295 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weekends ago, my brother and I went to a barn auction and I walked away with a pile of decades old oak boards for $5. Apparently people don’t realize the potential of this stuff!

One of the boards in the pile was a 10” x 2” foot slab of oak. It had various knots in it and worm holes, but I thought that might add to the character. The first task was to hand plane down the warped ends of the board after which I could feed it through the planer.

As with with other projects, this one had a decent split in the end of the slab that I had intended to use as the seat. So in comes the butterflies…

I wanted to keep the look simple and only use the wood available from the oak slab I had cut into. With it all said and done, the bench top is 48” long, with legs that are 16” x 8” (giving a seated height of 18”) and a center support that spans between them. I used Walnut for the butterflies as well as the wedges in the tenons that secure the brace. I used Danish oil because I love the look of the natural wood grain and color.

-- Martin, Twitter @IowaHomestead or Instragram @JenningsHomestead

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#1 posted 09-25-2016 01:57 PM

Love the design and the wood. The butterflies came out great and the figure and character in the oak looks awesome. Great job!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#2 posted 09-25-2016 01:58 PM

nice wood score ….oh btw YOU SUCK .... LMAO
great bench and only cost you about 50 cents for the wood LOL…..... GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 09-25-2016 04:00 PM

Awesome project & great story.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#4 posted 09-25-2016 06:26 PM

This a real beauty and will be a family heirloom.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-25-2016 08:58 PM

What a great $5 worth ;well done ,have fun with the remainder as well

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#6 posted 09-26-2016 04:11 AM

Nice look.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 09-26-2016 01:37 PM

I really like that design.

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

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#8 posted 09-26-2016 10:01 PM

Good job picking up great wood at almost no cost!

Really fine work on the dutchment.

-- Dale

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#9 posted 10-11-2016 02:34 AM

I like the simple style of the bench. I would like you to provide more photos of you making those beautiful butterfly joints. They give your work a very nice touch.

-- The wood is good.

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