How to make log benches

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When creating furniture to have a natural flow in the garden, or if you are just needing extra seating in the backyard, making a bench out of a tree is the easiest project to accomplish. A homemade log bench will also be a subject for conversation when friends and family take a seat. In this article, you will learn how to make a simple log bench by using a chain saw. However, depending on your wood carving skills, you can create a masterpiece as detailed as you can imagine.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Hardwood trees
  • Chainsaw

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  1. 1

    Choose a tree that has either been recently cut down or has fallen on its own. Hardwood trees, such as oak, hickory or elm, are the best choice for this project.

  2. 2

    Cut the tree into the length that you wish to have the bench. When deciding on a length, be sure that you are able to manoeuvre the bench.

  3. 3

    Slice the top of the tree bark with a chainsaw, creating an even "seat" for the bench.

  4. 4

    Turn the log upside down so that the seat will be on the ground. Making the even seat first will create a flat surface that will hold the log in place while you are carving out the "legs" of the bench.

  5. 5

    Carve out notches in a "V" shape with the chainsaw. These notches will be the legs of the bench and will prevent it from rolling when people sit on it.

  6. 6

    Wash the log off thoroughly to remove any sawdust or sap from the tree.

Tips and warnings

  • If need be, flatten out the bottoms of the legs of the bench in effort to prevent rolling.
  • Do not use a "sappy" tree such as cedar, pine or maple. Even though they are the most aromatic, they are sticky and extremely messy.

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