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In September 2016, we here in Tallahassee Florida had our first direct hit from a hurricane in over 30 years. Needless to say, there were a lot of downed and damaged trees from the storm. Lucky, we received no damage but my neighbor across the street wasn't so lucky. They had a tree come down and a few days later a really large pile of cut up logs appeared curbside.
Steph and I took the opportunity to check out the pile and decided a few of them would make great DIY projects. We enlisted the help of my husband and his Honda Pilot to move the logs to her house. (Well, we got all but one log moved to Steph's--the last one is still in my driveway--too heavy to move! So classy!)
We've already used three of them in projects. We made two log tables (see the post here) and a LED light table from the hollow log (see that post here).
After debarking with a rotary hammer fitted with a tile chisel bit, Steph used a belt sander with 40 grit paper to remove the fibrous material and other debris. A belt sander removes a lot of material very quickly. It's a great time saver. This Ryobi belt sander has a button on the side to lock the trigger in place while working so you don’t have to hold the trigger down the hold time. We initially had an issue with the sandpaper slipping off at first, but once Steph started using it she got the hang of it and it worked well.
We really like how these log benches turned out. Having them up off the ground make them a comfortable height for sitting.
So, how would you use these at your house? With our without bark? We like the clean, no bark look, as there are fewer places for bugs to hide! How about the concrete block? Would you have them on the ground or elevated? Let us know in the comments below!
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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