Rustic doesn't mean easy

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Project by SST posted 10-05-2008 07:27 PM 2277 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting a foot stool at my lake place for a couple of years, and decided it was finally time.

I wanted it to be rustic to match the overall decor in the place, so I looked up a local guy who cuts and drys all local varieties of wood and he had a slab of white pine with the bark on. He explained what he does to make sure the bark didn’t fall off over time, but I can’t, for the life of me, remember what he did…but let’s hope he knows what he was doing.

The legs are turned from ash branches from a downed tree on my lot, and the cross pieces (I know there’s a real name for them, but, again, can’t remember what it is) are from a downed maple. there’s a bunch of that stuff I plan to use in the future. I tried to pick branches that were the right size to turn yet leave a little bark on for the rustic look.
It was a challenge turning the ends to make a good fit for the joints, so I decided to pin all the joints for strength.

The legs don’t go all the way through the top, but rather, I drilled through and counter bored the top and used wood screws to hold the legs, and used 1 1/4” wood dowel plugs to hide it all.

I hand planed the top and used an old bit brace to bore the top holes. I gave the whole thing (not the bark) a hand rubbed coat of linseed oil and then 2 coats of amber shellac, which I like for the warm tone it gives.

It works great!

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 10-05-2008 07:37 PM

I love these types of pieces.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 10-05-2008 09:21 PM

Those pegs are a cool detail!

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#3 posted 10-05-2008 09:25 PM

Good job.

-- Jiri

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#4 posted 10-06-2008 03:51 AM

Great Job!! I really love way the pine is shining and the way you made the legs.

-- David, Tignall,Georgia

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#5 posted 10-06-2008 10:05 AM

I agree rustic “does not mean easy” after seeing your rustic bench. The legs are decoratively made and adds to the beauty of the bench. If the bark remains intact this bench will be a very good exhibit for years. Very nice, very nice.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 04:55 AM

great looking foot stool… nice build…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 06:03 PM

Looks like someone was browsing my projects

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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