Craft & Design Woodworking

In each episode of DiResta, artist and master builder Jimmy DiResta (Dirty Money, Hammered, Against the Grain, Trash for Cash) will let us into his workshop, to look over his shoulder while he builds whatever strikes his fancy. In this episode, Jimmy finds a slab of locust wood at a flea market and has a brainstorm. -Gareth Branwyn


My sketch for the bench. My other idea was to make big rusty nails and have them poke through at the corners. I have a second slab of pine, so this could still happen.


  • Slab of Locust wood, flea market find, Livingstonville, NY. Cost $22
  • Tung oil
  • 0.5″ x 1″ Hot rolled steel
  • 0.25″ rod “cable ties”


  • Millermatic MIG (metal inert gas) welder
  • Handheld belt grinder
  • 400 grit black sand paper

The moment I saw the wood, I saw this bench in my head. I am always looking for interesting materials and tools to feature in videos.