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Heavy Dock Bench

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Project by swirt posted 05-06-2010 04:49 AM 3043 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This heavy dock bench was built from leftover pressure treated 6×6 and strapping cauls from some cabin logs we had delivered. The bench needed to be hefty to keep from getting blown off the dock and into the water during some of the storms that kick up.

There is no metal present in this bench. All blocks are pegged to each other with 3/4” pegs. Finished with Sikkens Cetol 1 (a favorite outdoor finish of mine)

A parts list and other gory details for the heavy dock bench can be found at the link.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com





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OutPutter

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 05:02 AM

Nice project. I love those cauls too. How did you cut the 6×6s?

Best,

-- Jim

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swirt

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 05:08 AM

The 6×6 were originally the tops of posts that had to be leveled, so originally they were cut using a circular saw making a pass on each face (this was done while they were in the ground) then the little “nib” remaining in the middle was cut with a hand saw. Some of these still have one end that reveals this method of cutting. The other ends were cut simply with a hand saw. (A Stanley sharptooth saw cuts through them pretty rapidly … nearly as fast as rolling them 4 times for a circular saw)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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FordMike

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 05:15 AM

Thats awesome, I love the no metal construction

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#4 posted 05-06-2010 08:35 AM

Good work, are my eyes tricking me or did you feather the back-brace boards together?

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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swirt

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#5 posted 05-06-2010 07:27 PM

Will, I didn’t feather them. That’s just a natural check. This bench has seen constant exposure to the elements for going on 6 years. The check is just one of the results ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 05-07-2010 01:27 PM

I like it, it looks almost formidable. LOL.

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

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#7 posted 05-07-2010 02:50 PM

Great idea! My in-laws have had every chair, bench or stool they’ve put on the dock wind up in the drink. All have been recovered but it’s still a pain. Think I’ll steal this idea for them. Thanks, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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swirt

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#8 posted 05-07-2010 03:03 PM

BTKS: We had 70mph winds this past winter and two of these benches sat on the dock and never budged.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#9 posted 07-17-2010 07:20 PM

Great use of “leftovers” : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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