Rustic pine bench

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Project by junipercanyon posted 712 days ago 2289 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench in the middle of the woods with nothing more than my chainsaw and a chisel. I milled the slabs with my alaskan chainsaw mill, then used the chainsaw to cut all the profiles and notches, and slipped it all together. It made a nice camp bench for the weekend. Since everything was designed to slip together, it was easy to disassemble and bring home, where I put it back together, (with screws this time) and did some shaping with the grinder to round off all the edges and put on a coat of deck sealant. The slabs were milled the base of a really old pine that had been blown down by wind. It was about 50feet long, but about 40feet was rotted away to nothing more than a pile of dust, only the last 10feet or so was still wood! I’m assuming that this tree died standing, and all the pitch drained down to the base before the wind blew it over which preserved it from rotting. I really enjoyed this project, and plan to make many more of these.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 712 days ago

You did a great job on this. A simple way of joining everything up and it just looks very well-done. Again, great skills you got…designing and implementing them too!

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

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#2 posted 712 days ago

Man that is just what I need. Gonna have to try to make me one of these when I get the time

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#3 posted 712 days ago

Notice on the far left side of the back rest (the tall side) you can see what looks like drips in the stain…that is actually pitch that just keeps oozing out. I’ve scraped and sanded it away at lest 3 times and it just keeps coming back. Anybody have any suggestions on how to seal up the board to stop the “bleeding”??

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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Don W

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#4 posted 712 days ago

that’s a great bench. Is the pine planed? It looks pretty smooth for a chainsaw cut.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 712 days ago

That’s one of the best looking rustic benches I’ve seen. Great job!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 712 days ago

Nope, that is the cut from the chainsaw. If you sharpen the chain properly for a rip cut, it leaves a pretty smooth surface. These slabs are actually rougher than some cuts I have made. This was a really tough tree to mill, very hard and so full of pitch that if you grabbed a handful of sawdust you could squeeze it together like a snowball….and the grain looks very cool in person, the pics don’t really pick it up very good.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 712 days ago

Awesome job. I use the same mill. I love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 712 days ago

I’ll bet that won’t blow over.
Nice build…................

-- mike...............

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#9 posted 712 days ago

You carved a pure Winner from that old tree! The color is beautiful also!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#10 posted 712 days ago

@junipercanyon…Is the bench setting in the sun? That could be the reason for the pitch running. Ive made outdoor furniture from box store treated lumber that did that cause it was directly in the sun. Moved it to a shady location and it stopped.

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#11 posted 712 days ago

great work!, elementairy solid look to it.

-- -Thomas -

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#12 posted 712 days ago

Cool, like the fact that it is ALL chainsaw.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#13 posted 712 days ago

Beautiful and servicible.
Amazing how you see beauty and purpose out of “trash” trees!

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#14 posted 712 days ago

Super cool lookn bench.

As for the pitch/sap, like the other guy said, putting it the shade will help otherwise you have to super heat the area or whole piece thats bleeding with a heat gun (without burning it) for an extended period of time, ….it will bleed a lot from the heat gun but this is what you want. When it stops bleeding, clean the sap off………when it cools and provided it doesnt exceed the high temp of previously heating………it should stop bleeding.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Jamie Speirs

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#15 posted 712 days ago

That is one great bench

I can imagine that in the flesh that

resin must have real depth.

You’ve done the wood proud


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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