Reclaimed Wood Bench

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Project by WebErika posted 127 days ago 2022 views 18 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my proudest project to date. Well pleased with the final outcome.

I had an old wicker swing with a cushion that was in perfect condition and I while I could throw away the wicker part, I couldn’t throw away the cushion. I needed to make a bench to fit the cushion.

Friends of mine who sell all sorts of trailers ( had a pile of rough sawn wood that was used to ship trailers to them which they brought to me as a present. Oh was I excited! :D It was some beautiful, rough sawn hardwood.

With visions of benches floating through my head, leftover fence posts (4×4’s), a porch post (4×6) and the rough sawn shipping wood (various sizes) I had everything I needed and got to work designing a bench.

I have never built one before, but had some idea of how I wanted it to look. Big and chunky and heavy, but comfy to sit on. It needed to be 55 inches wide in the seating area and slope just enough to be ideal to sit and recline in. With no plan to go by, I did wing it as I went. Making design adjustments in my head as I kept cutting pieces.

The hardest part of the job was sanding down all the seat and and back boards. They were VERY rough, but so pretty. I stained the legs and gave the rough sawn boards 2 coats of poly. It took me a weekend to put together … maybe 10 hours at most in total. I am still writing down all the dimensions, and the steps for my “project diary” as I need to build another one… I’ve had a few requests from people that want to buy one. :)

I already have some changes in mind for the next ones. Maybe some fancier joints, countersinking screws, covering with wood buttons, different wood, little more slope to the back, round the arms, etc. So many little adjustments :)

Hope you guys like it! Thanks for a place to share with fellow enthusiasts!

Beautiful wood!


Staining the legs:

Fitting the frame together:

Dry fitting the bench and back boards


Final back and arrangement of boards. I kept the dark colored one as the middle as it looked odd on the outside edges.

I eyeballed the spaces in between each board. I think I’m off a millimeter here and there – but overall it turned out fine.

Dog approved!

Final product without the cushion:

**Updated to add the top photos to the thread for easier viewing.

-- Have a happy day!

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#1 posted 127 days ago

I love it! Rustic chic and very cool!!!


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#2 posted 127 days ago

Great job

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#3 posted 127 days ago

Now that is a Dandy Win, Win, project, looks great, functional, saves the cushion not to mention the cheap recycled materials. I like it, thanks for sharing.


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#4 posted 127 days ago

Very nice Erika.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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#5 posted 126 days ago

Erika- This is a very nice piece. I recently purchased a jointer which makes old rustic wood look brand new. When I get my planer I think the possibilities will be endless. Its also a lot cheaper to get rough sawn wood and surface it yourself. Nice work!

-- Andrew, California

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#6 posted 126 days ago

Real nice wood. Love the rustic look. Great project and build. Very well done. Thanks for sharing

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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#7 posted 126 days ago

Wow! Thank you guys for the kind words! And I made the daily top 3?! That is pretty cool :)

I have a few more hours left of my work day then I am heading out to the garage for the next three days to see what kind of fun I can accomplish!!! :D Have a great weekend everyone!

-- Have a happy day!

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#8 posted 126 days ago

Absolutely love the varied colors. Nice job.

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#9 posted 126 days ago

This looks great! I think I’ll have to make one for myself. Nice job indeed.

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#10 posted 126 days ago

Very nice use of reclaimed timber, AND your dog also seems to like it, so win-win.

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#11 posted 126 days ago

LOVE it, Web Erika!

-- ~Julie~

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#12 posted 126 days ago

That looks brilliant!

And the cost of the wood is the best too :D

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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#13 posted 126 days ago

Great job on the reclaimed lumber! That is one of the best jobs I have seen that used the rough cuts well. A+ to you.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#14 posted 126 days ago

You should be beyond proud. It is great!

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#15 posted 126 days ago

Thank you Lumberjocks for the Editor’s Pick shout out! I’m tickled pink! :)

-- Have a happy day!

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