Today marked the day I actually started my last project before Christmas gifts… (I’m still in the planning phase)
When you walk in the door to our house, there’s a 37”W x 20”D cubby hole on the left:
I started by creating a 2×4 frame that will serve as the bench, that I’ll probably attach to the wall tomorrow and then attach the front-most 2×4 to that. I’ll then double up more 2×4s to make a leg to support the front of the bench.
The piece de resistance is what I’ll be using for the seat.. It will serve as a lid to the cavity under it so that gloves and hats can be stored there. If you haven’t seen my workshop pics (pardon the pervasive mess) you’ll see stacks of old barn floor boards in the rafters. I nabbed one of them to use as the seat top/lid, but had a problem identifying it. I showed several seasoned woodworkers and none of them could come to a definitive conclusion (and all were wrong). Come to find out.. it was very very old white pine.
The wood looks absolutely spectacular.. It glistens like silk and looks like a million bucks.
If my assumption is correct (that it was from my barn, built in 1830) and it started out as an 18” wide piece and had a 26” wide neighbor under it in the stack.. How old do you think the tree would have been if it was cut down in 1830?
-- Dan, Rochester, NY