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Updating Benches

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The old log benches around the firepit up at the lake have aged to the point of being overly mossy and crumbling from decomposition. Another perfect opportunity for making use of the store of old lumber we saved from the resurfacing of our deck at home.

Elysa is up at the lake this weekend so I asked her to send me a photo of the benches as they looked yesterday.

It’s fitting to use leftover lumber because that’s how the original benches were made when the log home was built at the lake. Twelve-inch cedar log pieces made for excellent firepit seating.

My idea for replacements won’t be made of logs but they will have some cedar boards and be custom made.

I mixed in some green-treated boards for the added strength and weight to bolster the finished benches. After measuring the old log benches, I designed one tall one and a pair of shorter versions to match.

The results are satisfying and I look forward to testing them out by the lake next time we get a chance to drive them up. The simulated firepit on my driveway didn’t quite match the desired ambiance.

Gives me extra incentive to make the trek up to our favorite place as soon as possible!



Written by johnwhays

November 20, 2021 at 9:15 am

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  1. Love it

    Tarot of the Missing

    November 20, 2021 at 11:52 pm

  2. A part of me would be sad to see the originals go- they are an iconic part of that scenery!
    But nice job on the new ones!


    November 20, 2021 at 10:39 am

    • I know. It won’t be the same at all, but I’m hoping they will grow on us.


      November 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

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