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Hickory Bench

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ME! I just went home for a quick trip to South Dakota, and this fabulous surprise was waiting for me when I got back. Jameson made it! How totally awesome, I’m so impressed!!!!

We had a big snowstorm in Oct 2011 that took a bunch of our trees down. We had to remove some of our massive pines, and as the workers were removing them, they said we should keep the nice hickory tree that had fallen in our front yard. So… we dumped it in the empty lot next to us (the one we don’t own, shame on us) and completely forgot about it. Well, I forgot about it. Clearly Jameson did not. He said he always wanted to do something cool with it, and he liked the simple bench that I built for the GO deck. So while I was away with the boys, he brought it to a saw mill in Burlington, CT. They ran it through for $20. My table saw wouldn’t have been able to handle that size cut.

After that, he screwed in two black plumbing flanges from Home Depot for $4.19 each, then added some pipes, t’s, and couplings for the legs. He used 18″ pipes, which is a little high for the kids, but still works great. A couple coats of poly, and voila, a super-cool bench is born. The bark up-close is so neat. 

Oh, and by the way, I was scouring the Anthropologie website Tuesday night (the day their stuff seems to go on sale) looking for ideas to rip-off, and guess what I found? A VERY similar bench for $698. They actually call it a table, and it has gold wishbone-type legs. But it was all J’s idea to make this, so I’m extremely proud. Plus he only spent about $50 on the project. Big gold star for Jameson!!!

wood after it passed through saw

wood after it passed through saw

attaching flanges

attaching flanges

attaching t-bars, pipes and feet

attaching t-bars, pipes and feet

up-close, with poly

up-close, with poly





4 thoughts on “Hickory Bench

  1. Janet

    18 May on 2013 at 12:36 pm

    What a great idea! And so simple. I think even I could do it. And of course hose sweet of your hubby. (Although not surprising. He’s that kind of guy.)

  2. mo & co

    19 May on 2013 at 12:08 pm

    very nice. maybe duck carving next?

  3. Barbara kashuba

    19 May on 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Jamie, Very Impressive. What a wonderful surprise for Em when she got back home! Major brownie points:-)

  4. Joey

    24 May on 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Bad form Jameson, never let your significant other know that you have talents or you will get roped into doing all sorts of work. Little does Kennan know that I can wash a dish, I just choose to let her do it because she enjoy’s almost as much as mom.

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