Beetle Kill Pine Bench

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Project by KellyTrimming posted 07-06-2014 10:43 PM 1117 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend is getting married and they had a cheap outdoor bench on their registry. I felt I could do better plus I like homemade stuff as gifts even if it ain’t perfect.

This bench is a tight grained beetle kill lodgepole pine. This was the top board I milled off the cant, so it has some live edge and the upper side of it is almost completely stained blue (no heart wood except in the knots). The legs are thin lodgepole tops and I joined them with a round mortis and tenon. I eyeballed the outward slant when I drilled the mortises, and they were pretty tight fitting so I didn’t use any glue or hardware, just a 2 pound sledge to pound ‘em in. This tree was a bit over 200 years old and 24 inches DBH. The finish is just hand rubbed tung oil. We will see if it stands up to outdoor use. The bench top is 6 feet long and out of true 2×12.

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 10:56 PM

I’m sure your friend will be very happy with the gift.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 02:11 AM

very nice

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

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