Engagement Bench

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Project by JDFARMS posted 554 days ago 1395 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

cut the main pieces with a chain saw, planed them a bit then took them to a cabinet shop to get finished and have the engraving etched in. (I dont have the tools to do what i wanted to accomplish) set up the bench and popped the question! I used valley oak and there were pieces that had 80+ growth rings. beautiful stuff, just a lot of termite tunnels, not the best but it adds some character i suppose.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 554 days ago

First, Congratulations!

Great looking bench. How did you attach the back?

-- 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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#2 posted 554 days ago

Beautiful bench and beautiful proposal idea!You gave your fiancé something that she can cherish forever.This will be a great story to tell your kids/grandkids.I have so many great ideas for using logs to build furniture, but I have been too intimidated to try them.My good friend owns a tree cutting/removal business so Ive gotten some great pieces of wood from him.Like you, I don’t have the tools to accomplish what i want and it would be cost prohibitive to go to a cabinet shop.So far I’ve only built a small outdoor table w/a lazy Susan top and a few stools.When the weather gets warmer I hope to try out some other log projects.Hopefully, I can learn some techniques on here from other more experienced woodworkers like you.Thanks for sharing this.

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#3 posted 553 days ago


That is a great story and a great bench.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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#4 posted 553 days ago

Very nice, great job!! And congratulations!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 553 days ago

Beautiful bench and beautiful fiance. Really like the solid look of this bench. It will be around for a while!

Also….how did you attach the back? With metal/steel dowels??

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

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#6 posted 553 days ago

You needed a BENCH for this? What, getting down on your KNEE wasnt good enough?

JUST KIDDING! Beautiful bench and beautiful bride-to-be. She looks like a keeper! CONGRATS to you both!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#7 posted 553 days ago

First off, Congratulations! That is great news and you both look very happy!

I like the idea and meaning of your bench. You both will smile every time you look at this bench or sit on it together for a glass of wine or coffee, if you don’t drink. I love the character of the wood and the termite holes just tell the true story and history of the wood. Great job and remember this….Happy Wife is a Happy Life….. LOL Blondie and I have been married for 19 yrs. and still going strong.

Look fwd to more

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 553 days ago

Congratulations! What a beautiful and unique way to show your love! May you both have many, many fond times and memories in the years to come. Good health and fortune to all of you too!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 553 days ago

Thanks everybody, and I attached the back with two 1” stainless steel dowels 12” long

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#10 posted 553 days ago

congratulations to you both and the bench nice idea i liked that

-- Punk in PA

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#11 posted 553 days ago

Congratulations on a wonderful bench and a beautiful fiance. May they both weather wonderfully with you.
Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#12 posted 553 days ago

Beautiful bench, well done!! Congratulations!!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Francois Vigneron

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#13 posted 553 days ago

Congratulations ! As a funny coincidence, today is our sixth wedding anniversary. Best wishes to both of you.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#14 posted 553 days ago

Knowing when to get someone else to do something is very smart. Bench and bride to be are impressive!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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