Got wood? Make stuff!
Living in the woods as we do, there’s always plenty of wood to be found, and our son, Nikolai, enjoys making things out of it. As with anything any of us make, whether it’s cooking something, painting, writing or found wood projects, some things turn out better than others, just like some plants do better than others.
We’ve always admired natural woodcrafting and rustic creations. We call our home “rustic zen”… though the zen part has been crowded out a bit by 25 years living in the same home and the way “stuff” can accumulate. And yet… in hard times, “stuff” might be used somehow, so it’s hard to decide when to “get rid” of those things that “just might come in handy some day”, you know?
Anyway, back to the topic of handmade rustic furniture and things. My favorite kind of wood art is that which uses “found wood”, such as driftwood like pieces. There’s so much natural beauty in these. And yet, from seeing Nikolai make things, you come to realize that even rustic pieces need some finessing, and it can be hard to know when to sand something and whether to stain it or leave it natural.
Fortunately, there are some good books out there, which we’ve gifted Nikolai on various occasions, and we’ll place those in the Amazon section at the end of this page. Bottom line, like anything we take on, persistent effort over time, combined with learning from those who know more than we do on the topic, is the key to success.
So we were delighted to find some videos on making rustic wood furniture, starting with a beautiful log lounger followed by a simple Viking Chair and a basic log bench.
How to make log furniture: The Log Lounger
Okay… so it might not be super comfortable, but that’s often the way of rustic furniture. It’s rustic, not cushy, but it looks really cool!
They recommend using logs between 3″ and 6″ in diameter. Larger diameter logs can be used but can be difficult to drill through and connect. They also can get pretty heavy.
Materials Used: Zinc-coated lag screws – ¼” lag screws 6″-9″, 3-4 screws per log will do the trick. If you are using smaller logs, you can get away with using cheaper deck screws.
For full instructions visit Homemade-Modern.com. 1)http://homemade-modern.com/ep14-log-lounger/
How to Make a Viking Chair or Stargazer Chair
Materials Used: Couple of planks – angle of slotted cut 70-75 degrees, doesn’t have to be exact.
Tools: Saw, drill and sander or sandpaper, jigsaw, electric drill and Linseed oil
Make sure to go on to the next pages for more how-to videos for creating lovely garden log furniture.
Make a Viking Chair Part 2 Dimensions
Now get ready to make a Log Bench with Mitchell Dillman from Log Furniture How To.2)http://LogFurnitureHowTo.com%20
Make a Log Bench by Mitchell Dillman
And here’s an example of “log on steel” furniture construction.
The Best Log Bench in the World by Mitchell Dillman
Got logs? Here’s a video with some ideas for using those logs. Enjoy!
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Things to make with a log
I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of GardensAll.com. Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always been interested in medicinal herbs and getting nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. As a family we’re eager to dig more deeply into gardening and edible landscape for the love of fresh organic foods and self sustainability. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the creative ingenuity of the GardensAll community.
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