Log Bench

Custom log bench

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Step 1: Cut a Large Log in Half, Long Ways

this log weight about 500lbs, had to use my truck pull it out and then a tractor for lifting.

Step 2: Smooth Out the Surface

I used a hand planer and belt sander to smooth out the top.

Step 3: Burn the Design

Draw your pattern and then burn it with a wood burning pen, this log is oak and it took a long time to burn it, probably about 3.5-4 hrs.

Step 4: Seal the Log

use an outdoor grade wood sealer to protect it from the weather.

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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago

    Do you seal only the bench top or the rest of the logs (bark) as well?

    3 replies

    I sealed everything, multiple coats, just to prevent rot. And as the wood dries , some small cracks will pop up. Give a few days between coats as the wood may absorb some of the sealer.

    TerryS65against the grain

    Reply 3 years ago

    Curious as to how this is holding up? i have just cut a log in attempt to make a similar bench but m undecided if i should leave the bark on, i have read a lot of postings that suggest it will habour bugs and probably end up falling off anyway... hows it holding up for you?


    Reply 2 years ago

    I just now made 2 log benches i but did not see this until I was finished.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    did you notch the bottom of the seat section of the log?