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Blog entry by smitty1 posted 04-16-2008 12:31 PM 1243 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I guess with my first blog entry I kind of set a precedence of being a scrounger so we’ll continue with a little project I made for the garden.
Years ago I was given a huge cherry log. At 34” in diameter and 10’ long it was quite a monster setting in the driveway but as with all woodworkers I had visions of a beautiful piece of furniture when the time came. Sawing it up with the chainsaw was a quite chore and a feat in itself but we manage to get some beautiful wood. After stacking and stickering the lumber in the loft for drying I was left with the slab cutoffs, Do I keep them or chunk them to the brush pile? The don’t make quick decisions as ‘Hast makes wast’ so we stacked them along with the stored lumber. For years while waiting for the drying process and shifting these huge pieces around the LOML had started a bird sanctuary and garden and asked if I could build her some sort of bench.
DING! DING! Bells went off and we had a project for what might have been scrap lumber to the logging industry.
We took one slab and hand planned it smooth on one side and sanded the bark side . Then cutting off the ends. we fashioned the legs . The legs were tenoned into the seat at an angle and pinned through the seat top with 3/4” dowels. Everything was then sanded again and coated several times with Tung Oil then a Spar Varnish applied for outdoor protection.
Momma’s happy as she sets contently on her rustic bench enjoying the garden and the birds!


-- Smitty, Alabama,

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#1 posted 04-16-2008 12:47 PM

See, this is why I have trouble throwing any piece of wood away! That is a beautiful bench!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#2 posted 04-16-2008 12:51 PM

I have a couple of slabs sitting in wait … Someday I will also figure out what to do with them.

Nice project, nice results…. anything that makes the other half happy is always a winner.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#3 posted 04-16-2008 01:55 PM

My wife continually prowls my workshop often commenting about the “trash” that I am saving. I will have to show her this post.

This is a gorgeous bench. It is more than ample justification for saving off cuts and other scraps.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-16-2008 02:02 PM

That is awesome. I love the natural lines, and the natural trunk line of it, the rounded front. Great job!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 04-16-2008 03:38 PM

Good ‘un, Smitty

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 04-16-2008 04:07 PM

love it

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 04:12 PM

My problem is no where to store it. I have a Standing Black Walnut tree To cut right now but have no please to store it while it is drying

-- John, Greensboro NC noobie Woodworker

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 05:37 PM

Gorgeous finish on that bench. I’d be proud to have that in the garden (or in the entry hallway).

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 09:14 PM

Great looking bench. I can see why your likes it so well. You did a very nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 09:59 PM

Truly Awesome ~ incredibly beautiful piece of work.


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#11 posted 04-21-2008 03:51 AM

Trully a Lovely Piece of Scrap Wood Smitty, thanks for the tip, I’m fairly new at doing the types of finishes you LJ’s are producing. I didn’t know you could put Varnish over Tung Oil. It sure does produce a Terrific looking Finish.

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#12 posted 04-21-2008 03:58 AM

Actually PappyJohn I use Tung oil quite a bit. Tung Oil can be used to accentuate the grain Pattern or if multiple coats are applied, a finish in itself. In the Case of the Bench I used it to highlight the grain. Then after a several days of drying I used a UV Spar varnish to protect it from the elements being it outdoor fixture. Even then the outdoor finish will need to be rejuvenated periodically.
Have a Good One,

-- Smitty, Alabama,

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