Custom New / Old Bench

  • Advertise with us
Project by Durbs75 posted 09-24-2016 01:05 PM 852 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Some people have wondered if this bench was made out of reclaimed wood. I made this about a year and a half ago and for a client’s screened in outdoor living room. Their theme is rustic and originally they wanted reclaimed heart pine, but didn’t want to pay the price for the actual material. So I came up with this. The breadboard ends were installed in the traditional matter as well!!! All joinery is mortise and tenon and the top is attached to the base with lag bolts in recessed holes for no exposure, inside of elongated holes to allow for movement.

This is brand new southern yellow pine I got from one of my regular artisan sawmills I go to frequently to get materials. He saws his own lumber and has a kiln to dry it out after it’s air dried for a certain time. It’s about 1 3/4 inches thick and I planed it down to about 1 9/16. I had to determine how to get the look of reclaimed lumber on brand new wood. Well I had about 6 pieces of reclaimed lumber boards from other projects. I laid each one out and took character marks from each board and figured out a way to mimic that look. So if there was an old bolt or nail hole with chip out, I found a way to mimic that look so it looks natural and not man made. So on and so forth for the texture of the grain, dings, worm holes, warn edges, cracks and splits, and character marks that tell the story of that board’s past. I spent about 35 hours experimenting and figured out many different ways to take brand new lumber and make it look as close as possible to the actual product. This has allowed me to provide a better price point to my client’s who want the look of reclaimed lumber but don’t or cannot afford the original reclaimed lumber. If course the actual is the way to go, but I wanted to provide options to my clients!!!

The distressing, character, stain and coloring is a multi step process and I’ll save that for a blog sometime or a forum post. I do all of my own metal work as well from design, fabrication, and finishing. I cut my pieces and shapes and weld it all with my MIG welder. It’s so much fun to be given creative freedom from clients!!!!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

1 comment so far

View Jim Jakosh's profile

Jim Jakosh

23609 posts in 3668 days

#1 posted 09-24-2016 02:40 PM

very nice sturdy bench. it should last more than lifetime.

well designed


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics