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The Grandpa (s) Bench

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Project by schroeder posted 08-15-2013 04:44 PM 1333 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Grandpa Bench
I missed one of my favorite cousins daughter’s wedding and wanted to put some thought into a wedding present…she never really knew her Great Grandfather or the farm all us cousins had such a good time on as kids; So, I built this simple little garden bench with lumber salvaged from the barn we all used to work and play in. I also found some apple boxes that her Great-Great Grandfather had painted his initials on, so I fastened them on there as well. I’m a fan of heritage, so I thought I should include some lumber from her Grandfather as well (one of my favorite Uncles…). I literally said to myself, “…He’s old, he prolly doesn’t have wood anymore…” – made myself laugh so-so hard!
Anyhow, the bench is from Douglas-fir, finish is outdoor oil, with spar varnish on the apple box ends. Mortise & Tenon throughout; (the wear marks are from where the horses used to gnaw on the station – thought it was cool so I left it in!
Schroeder

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe





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Karson

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#1 posted 08-15-2013 07:18 PM

Great job and I nice memory piece.

The story makes it so special.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 08-16-2013 12:54 PM

Instant family heirloom. Like the horse-gnawn detail and the pun…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 08-16-2013 06:36 PM

Nice job

Lee

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RichCMD

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 02:01 PM

Looks like an heirloom me. Your cousin is very fortunate to be related to you.

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Fishinbo

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#5 posted 08-20-2013 01:54 PM

Good looking and solid bench! Like the curved seat and the used barn wood. It has so much character and a great story behind. I’m sure cousin’s daughter will love it.

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 02:03 PM

It’s a very thoughtful gift and is a nice one as well. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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