Friday, August 22, 2014

A Reclaimed Oak Barnwood Bench

I am blessed to get scrap wood from a friend who is a cabinet maker.  Recently I got a nice pile of reclaimed oak barnwood.  Yep, folks made their barns out of oak years and years ago.  Most of the oak I got is split and cracking, but that doesn't mean I don't love it.

I made this quick and easy (20 minute build time) bench with some of that lovely reclaimed oak. 
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
I know, I know, why did I paint it?  Because, painted benches sell.  I used a bright green with a teal over the top.
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
The top was cracked and split, but by attaching the "legs", it holds the top together.  Don't we all need a little help holding it together from time to time?  I toenailed screws underneath to hold the legs in place
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
and then added screws down through the top to secure them.  When I am painting a bench I don't mind the screws being through the top.
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
Next, I attached braces for a bottom shelf.  Very quick, very easy, very heavy being it is oak!
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
Oh, and look at the new "props" my kind brother-in-law saved from the garbage for me--a milk can with lovely patina
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
and a milk box.  See the label that was on the milk box--LOVE! 
reclaimed barnwood bench http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-reclaimed-oak-barnwood-bench.html
What would you do with reclaimed oak barnwood?


4 comments:

  1. Oh the possibilities are titillating! I love the bench, love the color, love the functionality of it. I am moving into a house in 2 days & I'm finally getting a small workshop. I hope to build small furniture, (such as your bench) & hopefully make a little money while I'm at it. I dabble in repurposing furniture too. I would be beyond thrilled to have a connection like you have for lovely old lumber. Last but not least, I love, love, love the old milk can. I had one before we moved to Washington but my hubby sold it to a neighbor because we had so much stuff to haul. I would love to find another one someday. BTW, thanks for keeping your blog an inspiring & fun blog to visit.

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  2. Cute bench...love the color. Great finds....love the milk box!

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  3. Love your bench and that milk box is fab!!

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