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Project by Neil Davis posted 01-16-2017 01:05 AM 1996 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One day at work, I was asked to take a fake xmas tree to the dumpster, so I did, but the tree was a really nice one and I thought why put it in the dumpster, someone would probably like it. So I left it beside the dumpster and couple of hours later it was gone. A couple days later I was taking a box to the dumpster and there were these two wrought iron bench ends leaning up against the dumpster, I though ah ha! I will take those. They had ugly green paint on them, but I hit em with a wire brush and painted with hammered black paint.

I used some of my 50 cent a board foot hickory and made the width 44 inches, planed the wood to 5/8 thick to help with weight. I stained with pecan stain, kept it in the nut family. I used semi gloss Helmsman polyurethane. It sits well and is comfortable. The Hickory gives a little, has some spring to it which is nice.

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#1 posted 01-16-2017 01:16 AM

Frankenstein bench; back from the dead. Nice job , love the hickory

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 01-16-2017 02:49 AM

By Jacks you did good I like that bench!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 01-16-2017 06:38 AM

There is a member in LJ who has as his by-line “honey-I found it in the garbage”, but you really did. Way to go.

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#4 posted 01-16-2017 12:42 PM

What a lucky find! It came out really nice.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 01-16-2017 03:27 PM

I have the same bench! Been sitting in the yard for years waiting for me to swap out the oak for something new. I bought some Ipe a while back, just lacking the motivation. You did a great job filling in the details between the two dumpster diving finds!

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#6 posted 01-16-2017 06:49 PM

Great save, recycle is great.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 01-16-2017 09:18 PM

Nice job on this. I really like the look of that hickory with the finish you put on it.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#8 posted 01-16-2017 11:32 PM

Great save of those bench ends! I’m happy to see that they didn’t end up in a landfill, and that they now have new life with your family!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 01-17-2017 07:17 PM

Great Job! Keep stuff out of landfills and making great stuff!

-- Hassan Mirza

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