I needed a new bench by our fire pit, long enough to sit several people.  I also had two cedar trees that were too close to the fire pit and needed cut down.  So, not wanting to waste the trees, I decided to make the stumps the support for the bench; which makes the bench 13' in length.  I plan on using the remainder of the trees for future projects.  Here it goes...!

Step 1: Basic Frame for the Bench

I used 2" x 6" treated lumber to build the frame.  Then bench is 18" wide (deep), because....I bought 16' boards.  So, I cut 13' off each 16' board, then I cut 2 - 18" boards from each 16' board.  There's my basic frame.  I used 3" deck screws on the frame and 1/4" x 5" lag screws to fasten to each stump (2 in each stump).  I then added some scrap 2" x 4" as support for the decking boards.  I used 2 x 4 because I had extra pieces.

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