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My wife wanted a bench for the area next to our grill. It is a simple design using 1/2" all thread and washer stacks to hold the top together (saw the idea on You Tube where a guy built an outdoor dining table using the concept). The interesting thing about this is not so much the bench but the wood used in it. The legs are made from an ammo crate I saw laying behind one of our local gun shops. It had some references to Korea (see photo) and the wood was strange and had 40 million nails but my wife likes the rustic look with nail holes so all is good. The three smaller pieces on the top are from a huge crate we got equipment in at work from Italy. The wider piece on the top is cool because during the shelter at home orders because of the virus, my wife and I went driving around to just get out of the house and came upon a construction dumpster that had had this huge gnarly post sticking out of it. We pulled it out and took it home. It yielded some of the coolest wood I have seen. The closest match I could find was birch but I have never seen a 4×4 piece of birch-they might exist-never seen one. Anyway, it was meant for outdoors but my wife liked it so much, she decided to put it inside.

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Looks great. I like the threaded rod and washers approach. Can you post some pics of the underside, and how the legs are attached? Nice work.
 

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Looks great. I like the threaded rod and washers approach. Can you post some pics of the underside, and how the legs are attached? Nice work.

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I used 4" screws to attach the piece between the legs to the top and 5/16" dowels and glue to attach the legs to that middle piece, I'll see if I can get a picture.
 
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