|Project by emart||posted 06-28-2011 09:04 PM||2175 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
About 2 years ago a very large birch tree (80-100 ft) in my neighbor’s yard fell after a series of storms. Unfortunately the 4 ft wide trunk was cut into small logs but the smaller branches remained. Recently a friend commissioned me to build him a bench so I took this as an opportunity to try my hand at rustic furniture and to save the wood from rotting away.
The majority of the bench is made of birch that has a lot of spalting in the wood. The planks used for the seat are pine as by this point i was running out of usable logs and getting tired of having to de-bark and plane every pice before i could use it (sitting on a log and planing it is about as tedious as it sounds.) I believe I have about 16 hours invested in it as well as $50 in wood and varnish (it sucked down an entire quart.) It weighs about 100-130 lbs. I used just about all of my machines in this project as wells as most of my hand tools.
-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/