Upcycled Bench

My friend and neighbor approached me last spring offering some mahogany boards that had once been the surface of a deck on someone’s home. He had acquired the boards when the person tore down the deck and the boards were going to go to waste. I’d been thinking of building a bench for outside the back of our house for about a year. I typically try to re-use wood from pallets and such, but a mahogany bench sounded even better. Recycling the wood gives it another life and saves a lot of money. I’m not sure I could afford to use new mahogany. Yes, it has marks and darker areas, but they add character. The wood took a fair amount of sanding to clean it up. When it was done, I applied teak oil to preserve it outside. (It will go inside the barn in the winter.) We finally put it outside yesterday. The light in the barn is rather flat and I had no idea how rich and beautiful the wood really looked until I had the bench out in position.

37 thoughts on “Upcycled Bench

  1. Sarah

    Wow! Chris, you did a wonderful job with that bench! It looks beautiful especially because of the character spots youยดve mentioned. Wood like leather looks always better when well aged and taken good care of. Now all I need is a pic of you sitting on this bench with a lovely ice-tea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Sarah

        I still have my old leather schoolbags, one a knapsack the other has a more traditional form like a suitcase. Both look lovely with age and I’m glad I kept them as they never get out of fashion. ๐Ÿ˜„

  2. Garfield Hug

    Awesome bench! You are quite a carpenter as the woodwork is great. If only you lived down the road, I would drive by and learn the skills you have and ask you to make one for me๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿค—

  3. Osyth

    Chris, this is fabulous – I love the clean lines, almost Shaker in their appeal, of the bench. And upcycling is always to be praised. Something we should all be looking for opportunity to do whatever the scale of the project or the nature of the work involved.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s