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Primitive Cypress Bench

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Project by Don Broussard posted 803 days ago 2058 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This primitive bench is made from a barn my wife and I tore down on some family property. The barn was over 100 years old. The bench is 42” long, 18” high and 10” wide. The side pieces are 5” high. I hand planed the bench top and left the plane marks in the finished bench. For the finish, I put two coats of BLO, sanding in between coats.

It is kinda hard to see in the pictures, but I left the insides of the legs weathered so people can see that it was old barn wood. The wood covered by the weathering is beautiful. I think I’ll make a few more of these for other family members.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 803 days ago

I like this a lot. The inside of the legs left natural is a good touch to this. You did a good job on this for sure.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 803 days ago

Very nice. Reclaimed wood is ALWAYS nice to see made into something.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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jjw5858

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#3 posted 802 days ago

Great looking bench, really like the lines and finish on this. What a great way to keep that wood in the family especially from a barn…..very nice rustic touches to the inside too. Thanks for sharing it.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 802 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I plan to make at least 12 more benches of the same design for my wife’s first cousins, who used to play in that barn when they were children.

I forgot to include that the wood is cypress—don’t know whether it is bald cypress or red cypress, both of which are native plants of south Louisiana.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 802 days ago

Thanks for the comments. I plan to make at least 12 more benches of the same design for my wife’s first cousins, who used to play in that barn when they were children. They will have something to pass down to their children from their own childhood.

I forgot to include that the wood is cypress—don’t know whether it is bald cypress or red cypress, both of which are native plants of south Louisiana.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Martyroc

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#6 posted 801 days ago

Very rustic, I love pieces like this, and the reclaimed lumber makes it that much better.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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