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 ~
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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  • Susan Bechamp
    on May 12, 2015

    This is the kind of family heirloom I would treasure and pass down to the next generation and beyond. Do you photos of the tree still standing? If so seal them in acid free envelope and secure to the bottom of the bench with a letter describing the memories this bench represents. Include as much detail as you can. Future generations of your family will value every bit of information.

  • Tell
    on Jan 14, 2016

    Stunning.

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