Iron infested Oak bench

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 08-19-2014 01:02 PM 3073 views 2 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anyone that saws their own logs knows what they feel like when hitting steel. Blade is useless. Normally if you try to keep going you get crooked, crappy cuts. On this log, I finished the cut and realized that it stayed a straight cut. So I turned red neck and finished the log. Very slow with a really dull blade, but the blade did the entire log without wavering. It of course was retired after that log.

You can punch the nails you see out, but I still won’t run them through a planer in case I missed something. So they were relegated to bench status with hand power planer and sanding. I left the nails in this one. They aren’t sticking up to catch anyone. Can I get suggestions if this is OK or wrong? The legs are poplar. It’s 34 inches tall, 66 inches long and 24 inches deep. I will finish the finish today. 7 coats of Spar Urethane.

Here’s the replacement for the Elm bench that sold.

Thanks for reading and all comments are welcome

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 01:10 PM

Monte, I love most all of your projects, but this one is my favorite. Simple, yet eloquent…something to be proud of and should stand the test of time. Well done, friend.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 01:10 PM

I would not take them out! As long as they are safe to you you will be fine. They help give the piece a story. Looks like the metal gave some color to the wood. My two cents.

Great looking bench and that’s cool it’s to replace one that had sold for you!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#3 posted 08-19-2014 01:22 PM

I didn’t think there was much you could do in woodworking that was wrong. There’s definitely some better and some worse methods, but creativity is a very flexible concept in my book. As long as it won’t catch on anyone sitting on the bench, I think it gives it a unique appearance.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 08-19-2014 01:42 PM

Great benches, Monte. You nailed it!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 01:50 PM

Your saw does nails better than mine! I would leave em.
Are those seats screwed into the end grain of the legs or? Need pics of the underside/attachment.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-19-2014 02:02 PM

Am I missing something? How did the nails get in there so deep? I like the staining they produce and would leave them.
When you send me this next bunch of BKP, I’d prefer the nails shipped separately.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#7 posted 08-19-2014 02:05 PM

Me too, Andy. Can’t figure how it’s done to stay solid and stable.
Give it up, Monte. Let us see how you did it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 08-19-2014 02:34 PM

I will take pictures of the next bench I build. Probably in the next couple days.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 08-19-2014 02:36 PM

These logs came from a home owner. Nails were pounded into it when it was young and it grew around them.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 08-19-2014 02:54 PM

Beautiful bench Monte, but the nails might lead to some grabassin’. :)

The wood will shrink—the nails won’t.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#11 posted 08-19-2014 03:18 PM

Another Monte masterpiece…unfortunately at the cost of a good blade…
The nails add character…just so long as they don’t rust on someone’s favorite jeans.
How is the State Fair progressing? Great I hope…!

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#12 posted 08-19-2014 03:26 PM

That is a keeper Monte. I think that the nails will be fine, once they are covered by the urethane finish. Somebody will have a beautiful, rustic looking bench.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 08-19-2014 03:51 PM

Love the bench. Leaving the nails in def adds to it in my book. I really like the rustic look, and the iron bleeds in the wood add character that you cant buy in a lumber store. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 08-19-2014 04:41 PM

very nice Monte, my blade always stop cutting at all after hitting a nail.

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

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#15 posted 08-19-2014 04:47 PM

“so I turned redneck and finished the log.” Adaptable. Practical. Cat Poop fertilizer!

You have a way of making things happen in a positive outcome. Nice save Monte.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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