Log and Concrete Fire Pit Bench

8 Materials
3 Hours

Steph was in need of seating around her fire pit that could withstand Florida weather. What better material to make benches than tree logs! There are lots of ways to make log benches, here's our take on the idea.
A storm in Tallahassee brought down lots of trees. Lucky for us, a pile of freshly cut logs showed up across the street from Vicki's house. We filled up the car and brought a load of them to Steph's house.
Enlist a buddy to help you move the logs. The logs need to air dry for several months before using. Ours aged about 10 months in the garage.
The stumps can be left with bark on or debarked. We wanted ours free of bark for comfort and so there was no place for bugs to hide. We used a rotary hammer fitted with a tile chisel to remove the bark. This method is very fast and efficient. Bark can also be removed with a hammer and chisel. Plan on adding 2 to 4 hours if you hand chisel.
Once debarked there's a lot of fibrous material left on the log. We used a belt sander with 40 grit sandpaper to remove this material before moving to a random orbit sander to complete the sanding process. We started with 150 grit paper moving through to 220. This left a nice smooth surface.
Clear coat with an outdoor finish. We used two coats of Minwax spur urethane to finish the logs.
We didn't want our logs to sit directly on the ground so we purchased concrete half high blocks. The shorter log got one block and the second sits on two.
The shorter log did fit snugly into the block so we added rebar to help stabilize it. The rebar is simply set into two holes drilled into the bottom of the log.
The last step is to arrange the logs where you want them. The concrete blocks help to raise the logs to a comfortable seating hight.
We initially got five logs in our storm log harvest. This is the last of the projects we've done with them. You can see the other two projects right here on Hometalk. Visit our profile page or go to our website to see them.
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  • Jewellmartin
    on Jul 29, 2017

    Your use of these logs is impressive. I do wonder about these last two log pieces, made into beautiful seating. Are they comfortable as they are? Did you consider cutting off one side to make a flat place to sit? Love your work😇
    • Lisa West
      on Apr 16, 2019

      If a person decides to do this project or any lig project for sitting. Your supposed to make the flat surface tilt to one side or the other so water does sit on the flat surface. She also did seal the log seats and tables.

  • Chuck H. Simeral
    on Aug 8, 2017

    I notice 2 rebar in bottom of seat but not on list of materials?
    • Mother Daughter Projects
      on Sep 1, 2017

      Good catch. These Hometalk post are more like summaries. To see the entire tutorial which includes details like the rebar, click the link to our website.
  • Jenny Wright Montford
    on May 21, 2018

    Did you get the logs from public land or private property? Up here in wa st so many people have woodstoves for heat that we would have to ask permission to take the logs. Also, we literally spend hours around the fire outside, I love this idea and want to replicate it for our deck!

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