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Rustic Barnwood Bench

comments (2) September 5th, 2013 in Reader's Gallery

jmadsen_icbvi jmadsen_icbvi, member
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This bench design is inspired by the Kanji symbol for "Heaven" and blends proportions with delightful balance.The style mimics the use of large structural timbers that are used for the primary supports and structural bearing columns.This bench is made with barn wood that has weathered naturally for the last several decades and has developed a grey patina with natural cracks and splits.Measures approximately 32 inches wide, 23 iches tall, and 12 inches deep.


Design or Plan used: My own design - Jason

posted in: Reader's Gallery, bench, stool, rustic furniture, barn wood, barnwood, Asian Bench, Asian Stool, Asian Style Bench, Asian Style Stool


Comments (2)

jmadsen_icbvi jmadsen_icbvi writes: Thanks. Most of the bench is a natural patina from the wood weathering for the last 50 plus years. I resawed veneers about 1/4" thick and glued them to the substrate. Where new cuts exposed fresh wood I roughed the area with a wire brush and blended it in with the natural cracks and checks. From there I used tannic acid (black tea) followed with a wash coat of acetic acid/iron oxide solution (vinegar with steel wool dissolved in it) to turn the fresh wood a dull grey. This gave the whole bench the look of being weathered and old.
Posted: 4:49 pm on September 16th

Guts Guts writes: Nice one. How did you achieve that finish, or is the wood grey throughout ?
Posted: 4:14 pm on September 15th

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