Barn Beam Bench

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Project by LoganN posted 07-23-2017 03:35 PM 1635 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have some barn beams and I bought a metal bender from Harbor Freight in the fall and I wanted to try something different. The bean itself comes from a barn built in the 1800’s near Branchport, NY. It still has the original metal hardware embedded in it. I cleaned up the beam and put a wenge bowtie in end to patch up the crack – in reality there is a 6 inch lagbolt offering better support, but I thought this looked good! I drilled holes in the metal and pounded in 6 inch spikes to hold the metal in place and support the weight of the beam and people sitting on it.

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#1 posted 07-23-2017 04:47 PM

Looks good. That beam is a pretty hefty size. Did you give consideration of ripping it down the middle and making two?

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 07-23-2017 06:33 PM

This is a beautiful bench and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 07-23-2017 06:33 PM

man that timber has a ton of character,too bad it cant tell its did a great job on that.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 07-23-2017 08:50 PM

This is a really great idea. The finish is beautifu,l is that an oil finsh?

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 07-23-2017 09:15 PM

Very Cool, or sweet that was my first thought.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 07-23-2017 10:27 PM

Wow what a beautiful old battered barn beam bench there boy.
I did notice that the footprint looked a bit narrow for that much mass. It appears to be a bit tippy … might be the camera tricking us, ...
And to have a positive comment from Dennis … Well that’s just over the top.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 07-23-2017 11:19 PM

Thanks all! It was a fun build – the wood is gorgeous! I just finished it with gloss spray lacquer. And, betlieve it or not, this piece is surprisingly stable! I placed felt padding under the ends to protect the floor and I can sit on the bench and raise my feet without it even tipping forward.

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#8 posted 07-24-2017 12:05 AM

Nice work! I bet that it’s a a beast to move.


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#9 posted 07-24-2017 12:52 AM

Awesome project. Great beam. Visually, it seems top heavy, but that might be because of the black asphalt it’s sitting on. I imagine it would be better sitting on a lighter colored floor. I was originally going to suggest the hexagon nuts be replaced with square nuts to keep it more in the period of the log but then looked closer and saw they are iron spikes!! Super cool.

-- Ted

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#10 posted 07-24-2017 02:28 AM

Way to think outside the box, it’s great to see something different and it looks really good

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#11 posted 07-24-2017 08:59 AM

That’s a bench that I really like! Great work!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#12 posted 07-24-2017 12:55 PM

Looks cool, not sure about it holding up outdoors if that’s your planned use for it ?

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#13 posted 07-24-2017 01:09 PM

Make sure it can’t topple over onto a small child. I imagine it weighs enough not to…

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#14 posted 07-24-2017 01:38 PM

Beautiful work. I spent a good portion of my youth within a mile or two of Branchport NY.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 07-24-2017 07:56 PM

Yeah I have to agree….....looks a bit dangerous top heavy. I would have opted to rip it….....after all, 2 sections are better than one.
Also with that iron sticking above the wood, looks like a potential butt-cheek scrapper to someone wearing shorts…....or at least pants ripper.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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