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How to Make Rustic Log Furniture

Got wood? Make stuff!

We love the look of natural wood decor, so we’ve included some how to make rustic log furniture videos in this short article. We’d love to see what your making — or what you make if you take on any of these projects.

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. Although his hands tend not to be steady enough for fine woodwork, he can certainly tinker with larger rustic log furniture.

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. It’s the same in the garden and how some plants do better than others, so even nature isn’t perfect.

Rustic Zen

We’ve always admired natural woodcrafting and rustic creations, including in our home. We call our home “rustic zen”… though the zen (sparse) part has been crowded out a bit by 30 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 someday”, ya know?

Anyway, back to the topic of handmade natural wood 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.

Rustic wood decor - DIY towel rack, #DIYtowelrack #RusticWoodArt #GardensAll
Natural rustic wood decor towel stand. Image-GardensAll
Rustic wood decor - DIY towel rack napkin ring, #DIYtowelrack #RusticWoodArt #GardensAll #DIYnapkinRing
Rustic wood towel holder & napkin ring; early efforts at making natural wood decor. Image-GardensAll

Rustic Log Furniture and Wood Decor Books

Fortunately, there are some good books out there, which we’ve gifted Nikolai on various occasions. Here’s a list of are some of our favorites.

Natural Wood Craft Books

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Don’t worry if you fail. It’s inevitable to progress and success.

Failure points the way to success.
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How to make log furniture: The Log Lounger

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.

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! And… you can always add a cushion!

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

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.[1]

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

Let us know what you’re making. We’d love to add it here. If you’re in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, check out our rental cabin.

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