A Drifter's Bench

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Project by RobS posted 07-02-2007 11:05 PM 3349 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Or should I say driftwood bench.

On our last trip to Sargent, Texas we went to the beach. As I walked the beach I noticed a number of different sized boards that, over time, had drifted up amongst all the other branches, limbs etc. I grabbed three, a rough 48” X 13” X 1” plank, probably off some ancient pirate ship, a 78” X 6” X 5/8” board, probably from some poor soul’s ruined, hand built life raft, and a 48” X 4” X 1” piece that already had barnacles attached.

All my family just shook their heads as I strapped the trio to the top of the vehicle and brought them home on the 400 mile trip. After cutting the smaller two to length and width as I saw fit, I built the support. I then used the wide plank for the top after cutting off the jagged, shark bitten ends.

The bench measures 18 inches tall and 41 inches wide, the finish was two coats of Watco Teak Oil. Now anytime someone feels the need to visit the beach, they just need to walk out on the back deck and take a seat.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#1 posted 07-02-2007 11:10 PM

Wow, pirate ship, life raft and barnacle boards! What a find. I made an exceptional bench and what a story that you can tell of how it came to be.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#2 posted 07-02-2007 11:44 PM

Even driftwood is bigger in TX!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 07-03-2007 12:03 AM

Any sand or other related issues for working with driftwood. I’m wondering if it is worth a trip to the coast… Is this another potental source for reclaimed wood?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 07-03-2007 12:20 AM

Thanks OS!

Yes Scott, although.. I suppose it could be left over Katrina remnants. Just adds to my story…

I definately noticed sand in the larger plank as I was sanding it for final finishing, it has numerous tiny holes and as i brushed it off after sanding, I could still feel loose sand on the piece, after some high pressure air the feeling almost subsided. Other than looking closely for nails, no other worries.

As far as a source, for a few projects sure, I will definately be looking again next time I go. You have to be picky though, some boards I looked at were too far rotted or water logged.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 07-03-2007 12:34 AM

Great Story Rob.

Nice bench.

Scott great comeback on TX driftwood.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 07-03-2007 01:06 AM

Wow you get your wood presanded!

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#7 posted 07-03-2007 01:07 AM

Great project!

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 07-03-2007 03:31 AM

Nice bench, great story, great find….I’m heading for the beach….I’ve got 1500 miles of coastline to search, and that’s just Massachusetts.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 07-03-2007 05:32 AM

That’s funny Dennis.

Not as likely to find Katrina wood up here, much more likely to find bits of pirate ships, or maybe an old whaling ship!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 07-03-2007 06:07 AM

I knew Noas Ark was real,finally some evidence! LOL

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#11 posted 07-03-2007 03:46 PM

Thanks for all the great comments. One rather obvious point that you need to consider when searching for driftwood of the larger variety. Your public/ state beaches are normally pretty clean. All of the driftwood/ seaweed, etc is gathered up and disposed of, so you need to get to those out of the way, semi private beaches, that’s where all the good garbage (uh I mean wood) is….. :)

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#12 posted 07-03-2007 05:47 PM

Maybe you can find an old shipwreck on a beach. That would give you lots of wood (unless it is steel).

Good job on the bench Rob.

Gotta love it…shark bitten ends….

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 07-03-2007 05:49 PM

What a great bench and story. Great comments too. “Even driftwood is big in Texas.” HAHAHAHA

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 07-03-2007 06:06 PM

what a great story behind this wood—- now THAT is history!

what I want to know is: is the family still shaking their heads? Or are they loving their little drifter’s bench

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

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#15 posted 07-03-2007 06:24 PM

Oh, they love it, even my 16 year old son said, “Dad, why don’t you sell this stuff, there is not another bench like this anywhere in the world?” Maybe next time I’ll have more hands on deck as I comb the surf.

Thanks for the kuddos, Bill, Mot and MsDebbie!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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