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Project by saw4fun posted 09-08-2010 10:25 PM 1813 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another bench built for my sister’s wedding. In total I made 17 new benches and used 3 that I already had on hand and also had some big planks sat on straw bales as extra seating. It was such a blast making all of these and also a great opportunity to make a dent in the pile of live edge slabs I had been accumulating for quite some time. The legs on this bench are just a big chunk of firewood that I set on the sawmill and cut into 4” thick blocks. The top is 6/4” thick, 12-14” wide, and 8’long. Everything is doweled and glued together. I used a clear-coat Minwax Helmsman Spar-Urethane for finish as I have had really good luck with its UV protection keeping the reds and purples in cedar from fading.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood! Rastus NE

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 10:33 PM

Really nice work with great wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 10:35 PM

That’s cool! Reminds me of a cow standing in the field.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 11:17 PM

Very nice, if you have one left you want to store I will come and get it. Ha ha

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 11:28 PM

20 Benches !!!! I have a hard time finishing one project. Nice looking bench.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 11:48 PM

YEE HAW! I LOVE IT! And I fear that if my daughter ever gets around to marrying that boyfriend of hers I too will be building 20 benches for a rustic wedding.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#6 posted 09-09-2010 12:06 AM

This was a very fun adventure building all of the benches! I had lots of help which is the only reason that I was able to get them all done in time. Before doing this I barely knew the soon to be brother in-law, but after having his help making the majority of them, we had become good friends. For the most part I designed and constructed the majority of them all with him doing lots of sanding and helping me hold everything in place as they were assembled. My mom and grandma did most of the finish application which was a huge relief as that is my least favorite part of the process.
cwdance1- Most of them have found homes already but thank you for the offer!! :)
mtnwild- That is a rather interesting analogy.. I like it though!

Thanks Everyone for your nice comments!

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood! Rastus NE

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#7 posted 09-09-2010 12:10 AM

That is one great looking bench. You sure have got one lucky sister! The cedar should give many, many years of good service and is so attractive as well. I would congratulate you on a great design, but it looks like Mother Nature did most of that for you. Keep on keeping on.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#8 posted 09-09-2010 01:02 AM

Cool looking bench and I too thought it looked like a cow in the fields at first glance! This made for a good bonding experience between 2 soon to be relations. I like it!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 01:41 AM

Super bench… building and you gained a new friend and ‘brother”!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#10 posted 09-09-2010 04:22 AM

I always enjoy seeing a craftsman take what nature provided and turning it into a masterpiece! Great job.


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#11 posted 09-09-2010 03:02 PM

Rastus that is PURDY STUFF!

Congrats on the successful family event!


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#12 posted 09-09-2010 03:34 PM

Great looking bench! I really love cedar! Great work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 09-09-2010 03:59 PM

Pretty nice looking bench! I still hope to get up and visit your place sometime.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#14 posted 09-09-2010 04:40 PM

Very impressive. Beautiful color. What kind of Ceder is that?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#15 posted 09-09-2010 09:07 PM

TreeBones- It is Eastern Red Cedar which is also known as Aromatic Cedar.
JimNEB- You are welcome anytime. I will be here!
Trev- Good to know you are still alive and well.. Its been awhile!!

Once again thank you all for your kind remarks.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood! Rastus NE

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