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I built this bench in the middle of the woods with nothing more than my chainsaw and a chisel. I milled the slabs with my alaskan chainsaw mill, then used the chainsaw to cut all the profiles and notches, and slipped it all together. It made a nice camp bench for the weekend. Since everything was designed to slip together, it was easy to disassemble and bring home, where I put it back together, (with screws this time) and did some shaping with the grinder to round off all the edges and put on a coat of deck sealant. The slabs were milled the base of a really old pine that had been blown down by wind. It was about 50feet long, but about 40feet was rotted away to nothing more than a pile of dust, only the last 10feet or so was still wood! I'm assuming that this tree died standing, and all the pitch drained down to the base before the wind blew it over which preserved it from rotting. I really enjoyed this project, and plan to make many more of these.

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You did a great job on this. A simple way of joining everything up and it just looks very well-done. Again, great skills you got…designing and implementing them too!
 

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Notice on the far left side of the back rest (the tall side) you can see what looks like drips in the stain…that is actually pitch that just keeps oozing out. I've scraped and sanded it away at lest 3 times and it just keeps coming back. Anybody have any suggestions on how to seal up the board to stop the "bleeding"??
 

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that's a great bench. Is the pine planed? It looks pretty smooth for a chainsaw cut.
 

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That's one of the best looking rustic benches I've seen. Great job!
 

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Nope, that is the cut from the chainsaw. If you sharpen the chain properly for a rip cut, it leaves a pretty smooth surface. These slabs are actually rougher than some cuts I have made. This was a really tough tree to mill, very hard and so full of pitch that if you grabbed a handful of sawdust you could squeeze it together like a snowball….and the grain looks very cool in person, the pics don't really pick it up very good.
 

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Awesome job. I use the same mill. I love it.
 

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I'll bet that won't blow over.
Nice build…................
 

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You carved a pure Winner from that old tree! The color is beautiful also!
 

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@junipercanyon…Is the bench setting in the sun? That could be the reason for the pitch running. Ive made outdoor furniture from box store treated lumber that did that cause it was directly in the sun. Moved it to a shady location and it stopped.
 

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great work!, elementairy solid look to it.
 

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Cool, like the fact that it is ALL chainsaw.
 

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Beautiful and servicible.
Amazing how you see beauty and purpose out of "trash" trees!
 

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Super cool lookn bench.

As for the pitch/sap, like the other guy said, putting it the shade will help otherwise you have to super heat the area or whole piece thats bleeding with a heat gun (without burning it) for an extended period of time, ….it will bleed a lot from the heat gun but this is what you want. When it stops bleeding, clean the sap off………when it cools and provided it doesnt exceed the high temp of previously heating………it should stop bleeding.
 

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That is one great bench

I can imagine that in the flesh that

resin must have real depth.

You've done the wood proud

jamie
 

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Wow! WishIhad made that! LOL! Wish I could make that! I have a joke I tell the ADHD kids that I work with. "How can you tell a woodcarver with ADHD?" "He's the one with the chainsaw!" They love it! Nice work. Nice place to work too.
 

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Wow, I would love to get my habnds on some pine like that. Nice bench.
 

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Very cool. It reminds me of something you would see at a cabin home in the mountains here in north Georgia.
 

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Oh! This is so special and I think that you got it just right. I have seen wonderful solitary places in my time where this would be so nice to have yet when not in use it would not detract from the scene. It would enhance the place or perhaps not even be noticed and could even rest a weary soul who did notice. Congratulations on the making of a wonderfully rustic piece.

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great bench! You need to come over and we"ll take that saw to the beach. I've had the same pitch problem with one of my benches made from fir. I gave it too my wife to sit plants on. never could get rid of the pitch. Maybe just sit on it when it's cold out.
 
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