Hemlock Stump Bench

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Project by jaykaypur posted 09-21-2013 06:05 PM 3249 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this driftwood stump out of a mountain river 1 year ago…by myself. Had to “roll” it on its roots through the stream and then up an incline of about 8’. It sat in front of the shop all that time as I pondered on it and on Sept. 13th, I sawed it in half to make this bench. The bench is supported underneath with a 3” x 3” x 16” piece of angle iron that is counter sunk into each halve and then three 4” lag screws are in each piece of the halves. It is definitely a sturdy piece. The hard part for me was leveling the roots for the legs. I used high-tech redneck ingenuity to accomplish this, of which I have an abundance. I filled some of the worm holes/small cracks with sawdust and CA glue. Some I just left in the wood as they are. It is finished with 1 gallon of Danish oil and then I applied a liquid wax to it to further darken it. The finish turned out a lot better than I had thought it would. The piece measures 60” long and the sanded “bench” measures 44”. It is 17” tall and at it’s widest, it’s foot print is 44”. I would say it weighs about 80 lbs. Thanks for the looks and comments.

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

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#1 posted 09-21-2013 06:12 PM

I really like this finish you added! Awesome Jim!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#2 posted 09-21-2013 06:48 PM

Very cool. Love the piece. Great imagination.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-21-2013 07:29 PM

Like it.

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#4 posted 09-21-2013 08:05 PM

Fantastic use of that stump ! Looks really awesome : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 09-21-2013 10:40 PM

Jim, to create a wonderful piece of artistic furniture from a simple piece of driftwood is very ingenious.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 09-21-2013 10:56 PM

how’d you saw that thing in half?

-- Brent Golden

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#7 posted 09-22-2013 12:00 AM

Great job and very creative. Gotta love rednek engineering. I had never seen one like this before, and am blessed with alot of stumps on the farm, so I see several of these benches in my future.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 09-22-2013 12:50 AM

well jim you have done did it, after letting it sit there for awhile then it comes, that is how i work with a lot of what i do, sometimes it just has to sit before it tells me what it wants to be…you really heard the voice this time..really nice..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 09-22-2013 03:16 AM

Have to give it time for a project like this to develop in your mind and it did .
Beautiful and ingenious bench .
Looks like you are starting a art gallery.

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 09-22-2013 04:26 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 09-22-2013 08:16 AM

Great eye to see the bench in that stump. Real nice piece!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#12 posted 09-22-2013 12:41 PM

That is phenomenal! WowZa!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 09-22-2013 01:57 PM

I’m amazed how you think something like this up. The angle irons got to make it incredibly strong. Great lookin bench

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#14 posted 09-22-2013 02:38 PM

nice job

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#15 posted 09-22-2013 06:02 PM

Great looking bench, looks like it is ready to walk off on its own. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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