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    rustic cedar bench

    Here's a fun project I made this last weekend with my 9 yr old son. My cousin took down several cedars this past spring and asked me if I wanted any of them. Being the wood hoarder that I am and since the price was free I couldn't pass it up. He even delivered. I do wish I would have went and looked at them because I could have gotten some clear lumber from a couple. He bucked them too short for me to have milled. I'm not complaining though.

    I split one of the logs down the middle with my chainsaw. I had some small cedars I used for spindles on my porch left over so I used those for the legs. We took a hole saw and made 1.25 tenons on the ends of the legs. We then cut the waste away with a handsaw. We drilled a matching mortise on the log by just eyeballing it. I then took the angle grinder with a sanding disk and smoothed the top out.
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    Great project John!!! Bet he is as proud of them as you are! Project completed is time well spent. Time spent with son, priceless. Great outcome father and son!!!!
    Jon

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    Lookin' fine. They will last, and last,,,,,,,and last.
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    How fun. What a great dad and son project that will always be a reminder of the day.
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    Really like the look of the bench. Great job!
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    John,
    That's a great looking bench!!

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    what a great bench and great project
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    That is sure a fine looking bench that should last near forever..

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    That looks great, John. The other guys are right...your son will remember this project from now on.
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    Doesn't look like that log will blow over in the wind!

    Great project that turned out great!
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