Rustic Oak Garden Bench

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Project by Mick posted 02-05-2008 04:01 PM 1904 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench I put together out of found logs. The client wanted something that was pretty much indestructible, heavy (so it couldn’t grow “legs”) and looked good on his log cabin porch. All of it is oak except the slab backrest which is fir. It weighs about 250 lbs. and is bolted together with galvanized lag screws plugged/capped with ash on the seat. I split it with a chainsaw then planed and sanded the surfaces. It’s supposed to get a waterproofing finsh that also protects it from sun greying.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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Jiri Parkman

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#1 posted 02-05-2008 04:15 PM

Very nice bench. Made something similar:
But only from pine.
Is there any coat on this bench?

-- Jiri

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#2 posted 02-05-2008 04:16 PM

looks like it fits the goal perfectly.
250 lbs makes it pretty difficult to walk away with.
Good job!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 02-05-2008 05:08 PM

Neat looking rustic bench. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-05-2008 05:52 PM

Good job. It looks great!

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#5 posted 02-05-2008 05:53 PM

Pretty cool. Looks like it should stand up to just about anything.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 02-05-2008 06:19 PM

This is a really good looking project. If you client wanted something indestructible and immovable this should fit the bill. You would need a crew to move it.

Good luck on keeping it from greying. That is a difficult battle in the long run.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-05-2008 06:28 PM

I have a 1-ton hoist to get it onto the pickup for delivery. Once at the client’s cabin, I have a couple big strapping sons to tackle that job! It will be on a partially shaded porch and as long as he applies a new coat of the UV finish every summer it’ll take a long time to grey (kinda like me).

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#8 posted 02-05-2008 09:44 PM

Jiri – I got the idea from your project posting ( I liked yours very much and decided to pattern mine after it.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#9 posted 02-06-2008 01:01 AM

Very robust Mick. There’s no way that seat will fall apart. Great work

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 02-06-2008 04:52 AM

you go mick.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#12 posted 06-10-2009 09:39 PM

Really cool…Matter of fact, that would look good on my log cabin porch too!

-- Robbinscabin,

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#13 posted 06-10-2009 10:10 PM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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