My best friend had fixed up her parents old country home and had just moved into it. It had a beautiful front porch so I decided to make a bench for her to put on one end. I used nails, long ones...to hold it together. Later I realized I should have used my drill and put long screws which I went back and did. After i got the wood together, I took my chain saw and ragged it up a bunch...then banged it with nails, screw drivers, anything that would leave a mark. Next I took my chair saw and whacked out a simi-square on one end. I filled the end with mortar mix and placed broken pieces of glass, buttons, etc. It actually tells a story, only for my best friend. Then after sanding it down I put a coat of Dark Golden Walnut on it....but, God had other plans. Before I could get it to her in the mountains, she passed away with a massive heart attack. I decided to keep it and use it with the old table I am building. Thank goodness I sent her a picture of it before she passed away. This is my "Maggie Forever" bench.