My husband decided to make a bench out of part of the tree. He collects antique tools and thought it would be a fun challenge to use only those and no power tools to make it.
He used an axe & wedge to split the log. Then the bark was removed 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!
He enjoyed the challenge & satisfaction of making it with tools that craftsmen of the past would've used. It's nice to have a little piece of our tree displayed in our home.
The color and beauty of the grain needed no stain ~ only a couple coats of poly to protect it.
Chisels were used to inset the legs. I love the interesting looking knobby legs!
Three of tools that were used to make the bench, sitting on top of an old carpenters box.
This old wooden plane is a little work of art in itself ~ love the horn shaped knob!
These draw knives were a very useful and versatile tool used by early craftsmen.
Miller Falls #22 wood plane used to smooth the top
A carpenter himself, my husband collects antique tool boxes also. This old carpenter box is the one that the tools were sitting on.
I love the decorative brass handle and the copper nameplate on the old carpenters box.