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Project by rivergirl posted 04-07-2011 12:30 AM 3573 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This primitive, rustic bench is approximately 36 inches long 14 inches wide and 18 inches high. The finish is white over black, distressed and finished with a coat of stain for the aged look. A final coat of beeswax/BLO has been applied. The hinges have been intentionall rusted.

-- 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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rainman

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#1 posted 04-07-2011 12:43 AM

I really love the rustic look, and you did an excellent job on this bench! great lookin

-- So much wood, So little time

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TexPenn

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#2 posted 04-07-2011 12:48 AM

Nice!
Yes I will fix you up when you bring your logs.

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com

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patron

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#3 posted 04-07-2011 12:57 AM

a real classic
well done girl

looks eerily similar
to the one i had stolen
from the back of my pickup
when i drove thru penn
some years ago

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 04-07-2011 01:00 AM

HA! Well David, now you know where it went. Ted- looking forward to the tutorial. And thank you everyone. I still need to get a lid closer thingy for this one- I have another one built, I think I will paint it red. over black. Tomorrow’s work. :)

-- 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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GuyK

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#5 posted 04-07-2011 01:07 AM

Rivergirl any time you want to come to the farm and teach a class on this finish, contact me. Would love to have you showing how it is done.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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whitedog

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#6 posted 04-07-2011 01:08 AM

I like it … you’re getting really good with your finishes .

-- Paul , Calfornia

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rivergirl

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#7 posted 04-07-2011 01:25 AM

Guy- I just looked and you are in Pennsylvania!! I checked out your website and your farm education center looks like alot of fun. I don’t have a real job anymore, so I bet I could come and teach a little class about primitive finishes. I used to be a teacher, so maybe I could even pull it off. :) I will send you an email and we can make a plan.

-- 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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GuyK

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#8 posted 04-07-2011 01:29 AM

Contact me at either of these address’s

jake84868@msn.com

guy@thelandsathillsidefarms.org

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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DraftsmanRick

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#9 posted 04-07-2011 05:36 AM

I like the rustic look! Glad to see theres noooo buscuits! ; )

-- Jesus was a carpenter

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Napoleon

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#10 posted 04-07-2011 07:18 AM

Another nice piece from the furniture-maker:)

Rivergirl do you ever sleep ??

Nice work :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 04-07-2011 10:24 AM

I have spent a little time searching for Norwegian antiques to find a consistency in their style. You seem to have a knack for duplicating antique Norwegian wood working. Better mark them with a date, they might pass for originals from the 1800s. Nice work, BTW ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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rivergirl

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#12 posted 04-07-2011 02:23 PM

Topa-They won’t pass for originals.. believe me. Anyway I use the phillips head screws that come with the hinges and Mads says I need to use slotted screws because phillips heads are a newish invention. :) But I am too cheap to buy special screws at .20 cents each. LOL Topa, I will have to check out the Norwegian antiques to steal some ideas. If you find a good photo send me the link. :)
Rick- Nope- no biscuits in my stuff! LOLOLOL. I use horseshoe nails because they are square. Cut nails are too fat and don’t have a pointed tip so the split the wood.
Whitedog. Thanks for you kind words of support.
Napoleon- This is the bench I thought your wife might like. Its so easy to build. It takes longer to finish it then it does to build it. Remember in primitive furniture building “close counts!”

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 04-07-2011 07:32 PM

It is all simple with the top having a reveal. Maybe that is why they rosemalled everything.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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RWJones

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#14 posted 04-08-2011 03:05 AM

The more things you make the more I like them. Love these old bench seats. Your “antiques”, really look authentic! Keep up the good work.

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BTKS

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#15 posted 04-08-2011 03:35 AM

Cool, I was speed scanning the projects. Saw this one and my first thought was, “that was rivergirl’s.” Went back up the page and sure enough your signature look jumps out now. Great work!
BTKS

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

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