Use Natural and Reclaimed Items to Make a Bench

This might be one of the funkiest pieces of furniture I have ever made. After our Tag Sale a few weeks ago, I took some of the items that didn’t sell and used them to make this outdoor seat.

Do you know what this is?
It was a stereo speaker stand that my husband made several year ago for our music room at our last home. They were made before I started this blog so I don’t have a tutorial on them but if you click on the red link, you can see how they were used.
I was only asking $5 for the set but I guess none of our tag sale visitors understood what they were. I didn’t want them to go to Goodwill, wood is always usable.
I keep wood scraps in storage bins in our garage for just this kind of project. When I made a bench back for the foyer last fall, I had several 1x’s nailed to a wall above a bench.
Of course that has all changed by now but I still love the Browning Est. sign so I made that the top of this new project I am sharing today.
I screwed the speaker stands into three slats of wood from the bottom (one being the Browning Est. sign). To make the top look chunkier, some miter cut boards wrap around the bottom side of the top slats like an apron. The cross beam is a decking spindle. The photo above shows the bench laying on it’s side so I can mark where to cut down the spindle.
I had to drill a hole all the way through the tree branch legs.
The center of the cut down spindle was drilled for a pilot hole, too.
I used 6 inch long lumber screws and used an allen wrench that fit the head of it to tighten them into the pre-drilled holes.
This photo shows how I use a monkey hook to puncture the whole in my caulk. I am using black caulk to fill in the miter cut corners on the apron because they were less than perfect.
When I give a tutorial on my blog, I am not giving the exact or correct way to construct what ever it is I am making, necessarily – I just share how I do it. I don’t plan out what I am making ahead of time. Usually it’s just viewing the stuff I have on hand and coming up with new ways to use them.
The top ends have cabinet drawer pulls for a small unique detail. If you notice – I like to add iron or metal detail to everything.
The bench sits in a front garden along the walkway to our porch.
(I think I will stain the cross spindle dark)
The bench turned out sturdy enough to hold a person or two but if you tried to rock it forward or backward too hard – you could tip it. It’s more for looks and to make our walkway more welcoming.
It is going to rain this week so I am glad to have gotten outside to play before the clouds came rolling in.
See how I made the sign HERE.
Thanks for stopping over today and have a happy week!
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