2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4, Page #19[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Garden Bench Made From Old Pickup
“It is pretty comfortable,” Nathan Sweitzer says. “Everyone likes sitting in it.” The roof provides shade, and air circulates well inside the windowless cab.
The bench was Alex’s idea. Nathan, 23, really liked the old 1977 Dodge Power Wagon pickup, despite the many problems his father had with it. Nathan has great memories of riding around the farm with his dad, and he dreamed of fixing it up for his own. But in the end it wasn’t worth the trouble and expense.
The brothers removed the rusty floor, welded on braces, and bolted on a piece of hog flooring. They removed the one good aluminum step and mounted it to the front. To add character, they added old buggy wheels their grandfather had acquired more than six decades ago.
“We didn’t spend any money on this,” Nathan says of the unique bench built of scraps found on the family’s farm.
The Sweitzers placed it under a shade tree, and when they finish rebuilding their barn, the pickup bench will be moved in front of it.
“I like to sit in it in the evening and read - when I have time,” he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nathan Sweitzer, 230 John Rich School Rd., Anna, Ill. 62906 (ph 618 974-7107; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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