Log-Leg Bench

I built this bench last year for a fund-raising auction. It was fairly popular and easy to make.

Image 2016-08-11 - 1968

The method of construction is very straightforward:

  • Build the seat as a small platform. Here the seat is 42″ long by about 26″ deep.
  • Cut four legs out of a log and notch them to fit on to the ends of the bench. I notched these with a small electric chainsaw.
  • Put arms on top of the legs.
  • Put a back-rest on top of the arms. I angled the back-rest here a bit. I think it looks nice, but isn’t really required. Once you put some screws through the back into it, its not going anywhere. I would have used a large branch for this if I had one.

Image 2016-08-11 - 1967

Put the back on. I attached the back pieces to the back-rest with screws, then put screws up through the seat into them.

Image 2016-08-11 - 1966

I put a bit of darker stain on it to bring the rough-sawn texture out of the wood, then sealed it with outdoor finish.

I made the coffee table with the cut-offs and some slate mosaic I had left over.

Costs: Nothing – Everything here was either given to me or was left over from other projects.

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