Father-in-law Settee

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Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 06-25-2008 05:19 AM 1674 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bench for a friend’s father-in-law in Jackson, TN. The recipient was a retired railroad man and had salvaged the cast iron “standards” and “arm rests” from the old train station. His son-in-law had them sandblasted and powder coated. The bench is made of cypress. I made the lattice work out of the cypress and sits in a groove around the inside of the frame. The seat is made up of slats. I used Gorilla glue for the first time on this project. I had the most “attractive” black hands for several days. I use surgeon’s gloves now. (The doctor will see you now!) All screws are stainless steel.

When the gentleman was presented with the bench, he thought it to pretty to leave out in the weather. He ended up putting it on his porch to keep it out of the weather.

Thanks for looking at my project.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 05:39 AM

Beautiful looking bench. Great design and detail. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 05:54 AM

Thanks. And yes, He does bless. You too.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 07:06 AM

Cool looking swing. The old gentlemen should be pretty content sittin there sippin a mint julip.

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

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#4 posted 06-25-2008 07:35 AM

WOW! That’s some bench. Pretty neat to have them made from an old train station! Very very nice! Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 06-25-2008 12:58 PM

I agree, too nice to be left outside. Good work.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#6 posted 06-25-2008 10:15 PM

That looks fantastic. I agree with your friends father-in-law.

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#7 posted 06-25-2008 11:19 PM

Gorgeous! I think you made one old railroader very happy.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 07-01-2008 07:51 AM

Fantastic! I’ve never seen anything like it. I think it great that you used the cast pieces from an old rail station and what a distinctive look.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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