Old quartersawn Douglass fir bench

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Project by jason posted 09-12-2013 07:52 AM 1215 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small bench I made with a piece of old Douglass fir driftwood I found in Lake Michigan. The seat, back and supports are from one large board and the rest of the bench is various woods that were salvaged from shipping crates. It does not look like much at first glance, but the bench is held together only by mortise and tenon. the back supports are through the 3 1/2 thick seat and they are 4” deep into the back. the legs have 2” tenons into the seat. the 3 steel rods are 18” long and connect the front leg support very rigidly to the rest of the seat. I had to add the front piece because the douglass fir was not wide enough to sit on. the threaded rods are through the applewood pegs which provides support so the rods dont bend under pressure. go ahead take a closer look

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#1 posted 09-12-2013 10:06 AM

A real beauty, Miss the Great Lakes. Grew up in Westland and use to live in Whitemore lake as well. Know Holland well.

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

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#2 posted 09-12-2013 01:07 PM

Very nice and…....this piece is not as simple as I first thought. You did a LOT of work designing/building this and you did a great job.

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2013 03:33 PM

What did you use for finish? It’s really nice and original.

-- "It's always a good idea to copy a good (wood project) idea" author unknown

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#4 posted 09-12-2013 03:34 PM

very cool! I live on Lake Superior and the shore is covered in years of driftwood…thanks for the inspiration to use it for woodworking rather than for beach fires…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 09-12-2013 10:02 PM

Very charming piece

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 09-14-2013 01:32 AM

Outstanding work. I like your use of reclaimed wood.


-- Reclaimed Wood blog

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#7 posted 09-17-2013 02:36 PM

Cool and interesting chair! Like the unique design and great finish. Well done!

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