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When Mother Nature Brings Down Your Tree ~ Make a Bench!

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My husband, Randy made this bench out of our huge, old Mulberry tree that was brought down during a storm. Randy collects antique tools so he decided to use ONLY those & NO power tools to make it. He used an axe & wedge to split the log & then removed the bark with a draw knife. A hatchet was used to rough shape the top. The top was then smoothed by using wood planes & the draw knife. Then Lots & Lots of hand sanding!
We loved this old tree & miss seeing its silhouette on the skyline at night! The Mulberry tree was a favorite of the birds because it was always loaded with berries. It's the reason my kids, growing up always had purple stained feet in the Summer. :-) Having a piece of it, crafted by my husband, in my home is very special to me ~
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Randy enjoyed the challenge satisfaction of making it with tools that craftsmen of the past would ve used
Randy enjoyed the challenge & satisfaction of making it with tools that craftsmen of the past would've used.
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, The color beauty of the grain needed no stain only a couple of coats of poly to protect it
The color & beauty of the grain needed no stain ~ only a couple of coats of poly to protect it.
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Chisels were used to inset the legs
Chisels were used to inset the legs
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Interesting looking knobby leg
Interesting looking knobby leg!
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Three of the tools used sitting on top of an old carpenter box
Three of the tools used sitting on top of an old carpenter box.
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, This old wood plane is a beautiful work of art in itself love the horn shaped knob
This old wood plane is a beautiful work of art in itself ~ love the horn shaped knob!
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Draw Knife these were a very useful versatile tool used by early craftsmen
Draw Knife ~ these were a very useful & versatile tool used by early craftsmen.
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Miller Falls 22 wood plane that was used to smooth the top
Miller Falls ( wood plane that was used to smooth the top.
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, A carpenter himself Randy had to buy the box when he read the name plate W H Weiss maybe a long lost relative
A carpenter himself, Randy had to buy the box when he read the name plate ~ W.H.Weiss ~ maybe a long lost relative? :-)
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Love the decorative brass handle copper name plate on the old carpenters box
Love the decorative brass handle & copper name plate on the old carpenters box!
  • when mother nature brings down your tree make a bench, diy, painted furniture, woodworking projects, Damaged tree that was used to make the bench
Damaged tree that was used to make the bench

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  • Margita
    Margita Ashburn, VA
    on Feb 23, 2014

    Beautiful! Love the bench and the story behind it!

    • Judy Walters Weiss
      Judy Walters Weiss Clarksburg, PA
      on Feb 24, 2014

      @Margita Thank you Margita ! ~ I think it always makes something a little more special when there's a story behind it.

  • Heidi Colton
    Heidi Colton
    on Feb 24, 2014

    wow! how talented!!

  • Joan Raines
    Joan Raines Charlotte, MI
    on Feb 24, 2014

    absolutely beautiful. These would sell. I would buy. Cottage industry???? Get to work. lol

  • Karen Trochta
    Karen Trochta El Campo, TX
    on Feb 24, 2014

    That is a beautiful bench.

  • Lisa B
    Lisa B Kingsland, GA
    on Feb 24, 2014

    Love this.

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