your dead fallen tree is my rustic bench

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Project by emart posted 06-28-2011 09:04 PM 3038 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 2 years ago a very large birch tree (80-100 ft) in my neighbor’s yard fell after a series of storms. Unfortunately the 4 ft wide trunk was cut into small logs but the smaller branches remained. Recently a friend commissioned me to build him a bench so I took this as an opportunity to try my hand at rustic furniture and to save the wood from rotting away.

The majority of the bench is made of birch that has a lot of spalting in the wood. The planks used for the seat are pine as by this point i was running out of usable logs and getting tired of having to de-bark and plane every pice before i could use it (sitting on a log and planing it is about as tedious as it sounds.) I believe I have about 16 hours invested in it as well as $50 in wood and varnish (it sucked down an entire quart.) It weighs about 100-130 lbs. I used just about all of my machines in this project as wells as most of my hand tools.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 09:28 PM

It’s fantastic. You honored this tree well.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 06-28-2011 09:50 PM

very cool

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#3 posted 06-29-2011 03:28 AM

It looks fantastic! I have a lot of salt cedar (south Texas) that I used to build a sort of split rail fence, but I would like to try my hand at some rustic outdoor furniture. I used a chainsaw, various scrapers and a heavy sanding disc on my 4 1/2” grinder to debark and smooth out the logs for my fence. I am about to the point of trying it again—I know it is time-consuming and boring! Yours turned out beautifully and I hope mine is half as good. Thanks for sharing and getting me re-inspired!

-- Tom in Spring Branch

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#4 posted 06-30-2011 04:40 PM

Great Work! One of a kind and a keepsake for sure.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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