Outdoor Bench from Demolition Wood

My parents were staying with us a few weeks ago. Dad and I had talked about building an outdoor bench for a weekend project but hadn’t been able to source any suitable timber. The next day Dad came across some wood being thrown out on the side of the road while taking a morning walk. It was from an old house that was being renovated. We took the station wagon down and picked up as much as we thought we’d need. We actually ended up going back again for more, this time the builders were there and they let us go around the back and pick through what they had.

Wood

To the untrained eye this would probably just look like a pile of rubbish on the side of the road but it is in fact gorgeous Rimu. A New Zealand native tree which takes ~450 years to grow to maturity.

Planing

I wish I’d taken more photos but after much de-nailing, planing, cutting, drilling and screwing this is what we came up with. To be fair, Dad did most of the planing. All by hand using a trusty Stanley No.7

Bench1

 

Bench2

After gluing and screwing the top planks down I used a belt sander to flatten and smooth the top. The screw holes were filled with plugs cut out of Rimu using a plug cutter
.

Bench3

The bench was coated twice with a basic decking oil to protect it.

Bench4

 

Bench5

 

Free wood + many hours of manual labor = one mighty solid Rimu bench!  The design is based on this providence bench.

 

, ,

3 Responses to Outdoor Bench from Demolition Wood

  1. http://www./ November 14, 2016 at 4:30 am #

    I loved the book!!! I agree with the others that it is as good as Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You. I hated getting to the end because I loved the characters and wanted to continue reading their story. Please continue Jackson and Emma’s story with a second book.

  2. creditos instantaneos costa rica October 26, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    I do be in agreement with all of the ideas you have untaken in your post. They are vastly realistic and will without doubt labor. At rest, the posts are vastly short representing beginners. May possibly you satisfy enlarge them a insignificant as of subsequently time? Thanks for the post.

  3. Esmae G December 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    Good to see it finished – pity about Dad’s sore knee from all the planing, but his choice to do it eh!

Leave a Reply