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Project by chrisstef posted 06-06-2010 10:34 PM 2316 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not really a woodworking project but cool none the less … The boss was kind enough to let me borrow the mini excavator for the weekend in an effort to build a firepit. That backstop stone is buried about 3’ in the ground with about 3’ showing. Here’s how it turned out ….

Not posted in the picture: one 7,000 Lbs. Bobcat Mini – Excavtor

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 10:37 PM

Pretty creative

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 01:29 AM

I imagine that 3’ of exposed stone will radiate a good amount of heat at you. Great idea!

-- Jeff

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 02:18 AM

Thanks jim and jeff .. i guess living on top of ledge has its perks, all the field stone a man could ever want.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 02:30 AM

That is one nice looking “Scrap disposal unit”

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 06-07-2010 04:01 AM

Where’s the pig?? You can’t have that BBQ that big and not have a pig over it!

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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chrisstef

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#6 posted 06-07-2010 05:09 PM

it’ll be roasting this weekend!!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 07-31-2011 05:02 PM

Great fire pit, you forgot to mention whether the benches/seats for it were going to be primitive log type or
morris type recliners, just thought I would give a hint for your next project; it is no fun just standing around
that fire, you need a place to relax and set your beer while someone/anyone brings your second helping
of roast pig. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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chrisstef

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#8 posted 07-31-2011 05:53 PM

Gus, as of right now there are about 10 Oak stumps surrounding the pit (along with a ton of brush thats waiting to be burned). Ive had the idea in the back of my head for almost a year now as to the seating. I was pondering the idea of using a Lancelot attachment on a grinder to carve recesses, a la windsor style, and possibly getting some first log cuts for back rests. Havent set a pig on that bad boy yet but ona these days …..

Maybe you did inspire me to get back out there … thanks.

Gets me thinkin … what kind of gears could i use for a rotissiere? Non shop post comin up!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#9 posted 08-09-2011 02:31 PM

Oak stumps??? Turning blanks! haha Nice job with the pit and fortunate to be able to borrow a bobcat. (always wanted one of those for myself, think they’d just be fun to ride around in)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#10 posted 08-09-2011 02:40 PM

Chris, how many stumps ya want? It seems every year in my yard ive got a tree that comes down during a strom mostly oaks and maples so im rarely in shortage of firewood. The bobcat makes life so nice , especially trying to move that monster rock, the machine couldnt ven pick it up i had to roll it around.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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SSMDad

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#11 posted 08-09-2011 02:44 PM

Wow that’s one heavy rock! What kind of stone is it? I can definitely see how big it is so it must be hugely dense as well. haha

We don’t have many trees around here (DC surburbs) to collect when it storms so usually I go into Maryland and can find some there. (guess in this part of VA having trees is not considered to add any profit) :P

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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Bluepine38

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#12 posted 08-09-2011 02:49 PM

Darn I missed that OAK stump bit and the maples, if you did not live so far from our western civilization? I
would swap you some blue pine for that hardwood. Hope you get a chance to cut some of the trees up for
woodworking wood. Thanks for setting off the envy and drool factor. Those bobcats are fun to drive and
turn on a dime, but they do get a little bouncy on uneven ground.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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chrisstef

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#13 posted 08-09-2011 03:05 PM

As far as i know it what i would call new england field stone. Ive got it buried about 3’ into the ground, it was a monster, the little excavator can pick up around 500lbs, so im guessing it weighed about 700 lbs. Its rather thin, maybe 8” or so. One of these days i would like to clear out a ton of trees in the yard, ive got 46 in the front yard alone and about 1/3 of them would be worth milling. Im just waitin for that money tree to grow so i can shell out the cash for it, along with all the landscaping that would be required.

I got trees if you got a mill ….

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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SSMDad

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#14 posted 08-09-2011 03:13 PM

That big stone really adds a lot to it. Really nice job.
(wondering how long a drive CN is from DC…)

no mill but I have a chainsaw! haha

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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chrisstef

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#15 posted 08-09-2011 03:16 PM

thanks chris … its about a 10 hour ride lol

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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