View Full Version : New Bench for the rifle range

04-26-2013, 12:27 PM
Hey All. Now normally this isn't something I'd get real excited over but you'll have to see it to appreciate it. My brother in laws dad (his name is Art also...) is a great guy and a good friend and has helped me a lot over the years, as a result he has a standing invitation to come shoot at my range whenever it suits him.

Last fall we had to have a tree service take down a 150 year old white pine at my moms house because it was between the house and the powerlines, the first 16 feet of trunk was nice and straight so I got the boys to cut it into 9' lengths and bring them to my house where I proceeded to get out the chainsaw mill and mill me some boards. First cut I screwed up, meant to make a nice 2" thick slice but ended up making one side 2" wide and the other side 3" wide. Oh well, into the burn pile................except.............Art looked at it and asked what I was going to do with it. He's a lifelong woodworker and I knew he was after it for something so I asked if he wanted it and loaded it into his truck for him. Never gave it another thought.

About an hour ago, Art shows up at my door, I thought he wanted to go shooting but he said he was just here to deliver a bench for the shooting range.............what????? He had taken my screw up, gotten some cedar out of our swamp and made this AND delivered it. We just sat it out by the range which is getting a shed roof type cover built for it tomorrow.

I can't even BELIEVE how nice this thing is!!!! There ARE still good people out there, let me know what you think of what my buddy built for us!



04-26-2013, 12:30 PM
very nice!

04-26-2013, 12:36 PM
That is nice! I love the rifle rest in the back. May have to do something like that when I put my range together this summer.

04-26-2013, 12:47 PM
Well, that is a thing of beauty! You said he had a standing invitation, but that gesture DEFINITELY qualifies for lifetime unlimited range priviledges! Congratulations !

04-26-2013, 01:08 PM
Oh man he's already GOT lifetime membership priveledges, guess I'll have to cast him up a thousand or so bullets for the S&W model 19 .357 mag the 'ole boy stole for $350!!!


04-26-2013, 01:29 PM
Pretty snazzy. Really like the the rifle rack at the back. Truly a class act.


04-26-2013, 02:32 PM
WoW!! That is really nice! Like the rifle rack built on the back!

04-26-2013, 04:04 PM
Real nice, hows it sit?

41 mag fan
04-26-2013, 04:09 PM
Nice bench! whats that nasty white stuff on the ground??? We got leaves on our trees coming out!

04-26-2013, 05:55 PM
Better give him some of the good wood next time. You might get a house out of it.

04-26-2013, 07:18 PM
It shows what he thinks of your friendship. I meet a lot of people, but I always say, I would rather have a few really good friends, than be friends with everybody.

04-26-2013, 07:21 PM
What Crabo said.

Oh and dbosman? I already have a house that wife and I built. I don't know how much better wood can get than 150 year old white pine...................<grin>


04-26-2013, 07:24 PM
Work of art.

04-26-2013, 07:33 PM
Thank you, and literally it is as the man who made it is named "Art" as I am.....................LOL.


Work of art.

04-27-2013, 09:22 AM
Pretty snazzy. Really like the the rifle rack at the back. Truly a class act.


Ditto for me!

04-27-2013, 09:53 AM
VERY NICE!!! Sure beats the few old blocks of wood I have for sitting on my range.Robert

04-27-2013, 10:39 AM
Put my broken lawnchairs to shame.

smoked turkey
04-27-2013, 11:13 AM
What a great idea and an even better gester from a good friend. It is nice to see someone who is one to give back instead of taking all the time. Our society needs more like him.

04-27-2013, 11:34 AM
Great idea - great work - very cool !


04-27-2013, 12:06 PM
Nice design, well executed. Nicely done. Seems some "accidents" really aren't.

04-28-2013, 09:53 AM
Thanks guys!

We spent all day yesterday building our shooting bench cover, started at 8am with two old guys and two young guys who know how to build. Us old guys did the cutting and hauling and the young guys ran the nail guns and set the joists.

Eventually it will be boxed in but for now just to keep the sun off of us it will work just dandy. Here's some more pictures of the bench with my favorite adopted grandchild sitting in it and of what we ended up with at the end of the day.

Please don't send pics of the baby sitting on a dangerous semi-automatic shooting bench!!!




04-28-2013, 11:46 PM
Very nice. Looks like you have a future shooter there. You can't wait until they are old enough, but at the same time you don't want them to ever get older.

Happy shooting.

04-29-2013, 01:08 PM
HEY! I like it.

04-29-2013, 03:31 PM
Makes it even more special with a first customer like that!

04-29-2013, 04:21 PM