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

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 ~
Randy enjoyed the challenge & satisfaction of making it with tools that craftsmen of the past would've used.
The color & beauty of the grain needed no stain ~ only a couple of coats of poly to protect it.
Chisels were used to inset the legs
Interesting looking knobby leg!
Three of the tools used sitting on top of an old carpenter box.
This old wood plane is a beautiful work of art in itself ~ love the horn shaped knob!
Draw Knife ~ these were a very useful & versatile tool used by early craftsmen.
Miller Falls ( wood plane that was used to smooth the top.
A carpenter himself, Randy had to buy the box when he read the name plate ~ W.H.Weiss ~ maybe a long lost relative? :-)
Love the decorative brass handle & copper name plate on the old carpenters box!
Damaged tree that was used to make the bench

Ask the creator about this project

  • 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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