I needed a bench to go with the table I made. 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 later. 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, ...well, I tried... to make 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....It's heavy and I love it.