Reclaimed horse Stall Bench - (way - rustic!)

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Project by schroeder posted 12-24-2007 at 03:54 PM 1704 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this table for my sister. The wood is reclaimed from our grandfathers horse barn. She asked for something rustic from one of the stalls to remember him by. This is what I came up with – it’s plenty rustic. Gramps tied the twine on it, so I left it on. You can see on the stretcher where the horses gnawed on the board for many years. I even left all the horse hair that was snatched by the lumber. Its all old-growth fir and the barn was made long enough ago to have hand-made nails holding it up. Seemed like a fitting memento -

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 at 04:10 PM

Very cool. Beat up those tenons some so they match. Let the horses gnaw on’m some.

-- Just another woodworker

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#2 posted 12-24-2007 at 04:17 PM

very nice , it will get passed down for many years im sure

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#3 posted 12-24-2007 at 04:21 PM

That’s cool. She will be delighted, I’m sure.

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#4 posted 12-24-2007 at 05:11 PM

I love projects like this, using wood that has memories and history. Great job.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#5 posted 12-24-2007 at 11:33 PM

Great project. I appreciate any project that features Heirloom Wood. You have made an instant family heirloom – I like the idea of incorporating the twine into the project. Like some above said, I’d age those tenons some, other than that it’s outstanding.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 12-25-2007 at 06:59 AM


You want want to trim the tenons off. Sure would hurt to sit on em!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 12-26-2007 at 02:09 PM

Nice idea. The tenons look like a rather embarassing trip to the emergency room.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 12-26-2007 at 03:18 PM

Great bench Schroeder. And way to recapture some of the early uses of the wood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#9 posted 12-27-2007 at 07:10 AM

oh how wonderful!!!
what a treasure. I love it—horsehair and all :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 01-11-2008 at 12:27 PM

Very nice job!
I like the tenons as they are. don’t know about you’all but I’d hope I’m smart enough not to sit on them : )

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