Our small composter is full and we needed a new one. My husband has built a new and bigger one out of leftover wood we had sitting. He made it nice and sturdy with heavy lids, so the dogs can not get in there. The composter is about 1 x 2 meters and 1 meter high and very heavy, so we put it in place with a wheel loader. When the composter is full and the compost is ready to be turned over we will just lift the composter and set it aside to access the compost. As a finishing tough we made a wood chip pad to the composter, so we do not have to walk trough the mud.
Starting with an Oak log, finishing with an Oak bench
We wanted to make a beautiful rustic oak bench and share the building process with you, but at the beginning we forgot to make pictures. Therefore we start this blog post with getting the raw material and then comes the test fitting and finishing of the bench. After that we started making a second bench so we could share the complete building process with you. So the order in which the building process is presented is a bit mixed up.
As already mentioned a few times on this blog, we saw our logs ourselves. We had some nice Oak logs we have sawn to slabs. After some drying time we started making our bench.
Now we step in at test fitting the seat, feet and cross bar of the bench.
After test fitting the bench my husband started making the holes in the underside of the seat for the feet to fit in. Then the feet are glued in and made sure to be in a 90° angle.
After turning the bench the holes for dowels are drilled in to extra secure the feet. The dowels have a small slot so the air underneath can escape wile hammering in the dowel. Of course the dowel is also glued in.
After a drying time of a day the dowels are sawed of and sanded nice and smooth.
With one of the dowels there was a small cut out in the dowel which needed to be fixed. So my husband drilled a small hole at the damaged spot and hammered a small dowel in there. This also was sawed of and sanded smooth. This gives a nice detail to the bench.
Next ting is to work on the cross bar between the feet. This cross bar is to keep the feet in position and it gives the bench a beautiful rustic look. First my husband put the cross bar in position and marked the position of the feet. At the outside of the marks, holes are drilled in. The cross bar is put back in position and dowels are put trough the holes to lock in the feet.
Now this beautiful bench is finished and up for sale.
Now for the first part of building such a bench with our second bench build.
We start with cutting some boards to length for the different parts of the bench. All of the parts are planed nice and square. The feet are given a small V-shape at the bottom. This ads in a nice detail.
Then the slots for the feet at the under side of the seat are drawn in and made, this time before rounding of the edges of the different parts of the bench. This made measuring in the right spot a lot easier. For making these slots we started with drilling large holes over the entire length of the needed slot. Then we cleaned out the slot with a router and gave the slot a round over, so it is easier to slide the feet into the slot. After that we gave all of the edges of the seat a nice round over. This gives a nice finished look.
Next thing my husband started on the slot in the feet for sticking trough the cross bar, by drilling two holes. Before changing the router bit he rounded of the edges of the feet and the cross bar as well. Wile rounding of the edges at the cross bar the bit came lose and came out a bit more. This caused the round of to have a step in stead of a nice round edge. That is no big deal, but the cross bar needed to be done this way all around. Actually I find this gives the bench a more luxurious appearance.
Going on with the slot in the feet, the slot is cleaned out on both sides as deep as the router bit goes. The left over middle part is chiselled out and also rounded over.
Now we are at the point where we started with. I will post a picture as soon as this second bench is finished as well.
Also very nice as an observation tower in your back yard
The hunter buck & ladder are completely made out of squared timber. The hunter buck is out of Douglas fir and the hunter ladder is out of Spruce. A hunter buck usually is placed in the woods for hunting, so we have made this out of more durable wood. The hunter ladder usually is used with a drive hunt, so put up where needed when needed and collected again when the drive hunt is done. Therefore spruce will do.
We had building instructions with a cutting plan, so it was a quick and easy build. We just cut all of the timber according to the cutting plan and then nailed & screwed it together. For this type of construction, standing out side, we like to use mostly nails. This is because the wood works wile getting wet when rained upon and very dry in the sun. The wood works up a lot of tension and screws tend to snap of with such tension. A nail is made out of a softer metal than screws and flexes with the wood, so nails are always the better option for outside constructions.
We have the building instruction out of an official forestry service building manual. They give this manual out so you know how to build a safe stand.