When we disassembled the side yard fence there were a bunch of rotten 4×4″ posts left over. I’ve been considering building a small bench for the master bedroom for some time and when presented with the wood leftovers, thoughts of a very cheap but super chunky piece of furniture danced in my noggin. Paired with a pair of left over Eames LTR bases (salvaged from our old beat up surfboard table) this little reclaimed wood bench was pretty easy to assemble.
4 – Reclaimed wood fence posts
2 – Eames LTR bases (I salvaged mine off a broken Eames elliptical table)
4 – 12″ metal straps
Bunch of Screws
Teak Oil (or Danish Oil)
First, we cut off the rotten ends of the fence posts which left us with a usable length of 56″.
Then, I inset the bases 6″ from the end.
The straps were placed evenly around the bases and screwed into the wood.
To finish up construction, the the bases were then screwed into place.
I gave the wood a quick sanding to remove any residual gunk, dirt or splinters.
After the dust was cleaned off, I rubbed the wood down with a few coats of teak oil (I had it laying around) to seal and protect the wood. Then done!
The treated wood darkens up a lot with the oil.