Rustic Oak Storage Bench

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Project by Mike posted 04-08-2013 02:15 AM 1884 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start out by saying THANK YOU for all the inspiration you all share on the site. My wife has wanted one of these for a while now, so I finally took the plunge and made this my winter project (among other things). I poured over lots of pictures of these things here on LJs and found a design I liked by Monte Pittman. Monte, I LOVE that Blue Pine Bench you made and the cedar one as well. I put my own twist on it but used Monte’s bench as the basic outline. This is by far the BIGGEST and HEAVIEST thing I have ever made. It is made from Chestnut Oak, and some Ash reclaimed from a corn crib built in the early 1900s. The pictures do not do this wood the justice it deserves. This stuff is Beautiful and VERY hard! I decided to keep the live edge on the back rest as i thought it added to the rustic appeal of the bench. The back rests and arm rests are made from some kind of old Ash lumber from the same barn. Beautiful grain to the stuff too! I made the trim for the top and bottom on my router table. Its a piece of the oak, quartersawn and ripped in half with a 45 chamfer on one side and both ends. The finish is 2 coats of Howard’s Feed n Wax. (Orange oil, carnuba wax and beeswax). I love the stuff!! The measurements are 48” L x 42” H x 23” W. I feel like I have a piece of local history in my house now; and to think the farmer that gave us the wood in exchange for tearing down the building was going to just burn it down! I hope you all enjoy the pictures! Thanks!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 02:26 AM

Yours is much more beautiful than mine. As far as the weight of oak, just kills me packing that stuff around.

Really beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 02:51 AM

great looking bench, even better when you can make it from beautiful old wood that was otherwise destined to be burned. A great piece to enjoy and hand down for the next 100 years.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 04-08-2013 05:13 AM

Mike that is a sweet bench
My wife wants something similar but the list has so many items on it
that certain items get lost in the crowd


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 04-08-2013 06:01 AM

Absolutely love your bench. The character of the wood, is simply the best. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 04-08-2013 04:28 PM

Very nice, great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 01:52 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. This was a real learning experience for me. Monte, don’t downplay your work. Your benches are just as nice! After all, they were the inspion for this one. I had several “heated” discussions in the evenings with this thing while building it.

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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