White Fir Garden Bench

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Project by TreeBones posted 12-31-2007 08:23 PM 2934 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made of bug riddled White Fir Salvage Logs this wood is easy to work with and has the antique look that many furniture builders try to replicate. This is the real thing. It was about a four hour project including surface planing and assembling with 1/4” crown staples and glue. There are no bugs in it now and I sealed it with exterior grade satin poly after this photo and before before giving it to a family member. 4 foot tall . I made another one with a hinged seat for storage but took no picks before selling it.

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

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#1 posted 12-31-2007 08:35 PM

Clever treatment on top of the back slats. Four hours… Wow!

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#2 posted 12-31-2007 09:23 PM

I agree with rikkor. Very clever and creative way to handle the back slats. Nice piece Ron.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 12-31-2007 10:05 PM

Great and fast work, got love those pneumatic tools….Lucky family and nice job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 12-31-2007 10:09 PM

Whimsical, I like it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 12-31-2007 10:53 PM

Pretty spiffy.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 12-31-2007 11:04 PM

awesome. great wood for this purpose

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

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#7 posted 12-31-2007 11:23 PM

Thats some quick timing Ron. Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-01-2008 06:45 AM

Cool! The little “roof tops” on the back slats really set it off.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#9 posted 01-01-2008 10:25 AM

Looks great. I hope you closed in the bottom of the one with the hinged seat :-)) Of course I’m kidding, I assume that you must have.

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

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#10 posted 01-01-2008 08:31 PM

Very nice work on this unique, whimsical bench! I am sure your relative will enjoy it!

I especially like teh fact that it was made from recalimed wood, too.

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#11 posted 01-02-2008 07:23 PM

Very nice! Different, but I like Different.

-- Marty Ohio

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#12 posted 01-12-2008 08:36 PM

Original idea.

-- Jiri

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#13 posted 01-12-2008 10:17 PM

Thanks Jiri but this is not one of my original ideas, I have seen other similar benches and this is my version.

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

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#14 posted 01-13-2008 06:12 AM

Very nice… I have never seen or heard of “White Fir” before today.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 04-08-2011 06:21 PM

I love this! Especially the bird house backing. I have been wanting to build a bench with a fence panel back, but can’t find any old fencing and I am cheep cheep cheep…. so I like your idea of making a birdhouse backing out of simple 1X4 pine.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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