walnut slab bench

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Project by squaretree posted 07-22-2014 12:32 AM 2565 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After acquiring a couple of 10 foot by 5 inch thick walnut slabs, I decided to chop 5 feet off of one to make this bench. I started by scooping out three seats, grooved the sides with my palm router, and then filled the cracks with epoxy. Designing the base was the hardest part. I wanted something custom looking, but also needed to allow for plenty of wood movement. I decided on this setup, which gives the appearance that the slab is sort of floating in between the legs. The base is 100% walnut as well. I finished it with four coats of wipe-on satin poly.Obviously, this is strictly an indoor bench.

5 feet long
about 150 pounds
one of my favorite projects to date

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#1 posted 07-22-2014 12:45 AM

Really cool design. Very unique.

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#2 posted 07-22-2014 01:18 AM

Great looking bench, well worth all the work you put i to it.

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#3 posted 07-22-2014 02:18 AM

Awesome, I love it!

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#4 posted 07-22-2014 02:22 AM

Awesome, I love it!

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#5 posted 07-22-2014 02:54 AM

That turned out great, nice job.

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#6 posted 07-22-2014 06:32 AM

OMG look at the size of that slab!

How does one just aquire material like that?

You say you scooped out the seat area, just how did you do that?

Brilliant work !!

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 07-22-2014 06:39 AM

Great work!nice design!

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#8 posted 07-22-2014 07:34 AM

Gorgeous piece. That slab is beautiful and the design for the base is nice!

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#9 posted 07-22-2014 11:05 AM

I picked those slabls up on Craigslist. I had to dig them out of the mud, but well worth it.
I “scooped” the seats by making exactly 201 kerfs with my power saw at various depths. (yeah, I counted) And then I used a large chisel and a belt sander to finish them off.

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#10 posted 07-22-2014 06:33 PM

sweet looking bench, nice to see the “before” picture as well, it really shows the amount of time you put into it

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 07:53 PM

looks great

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#12 posted 07-22-2014 08:55 PM

Great job.
Really cool bench.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#13 posted 07-22-2014 09:18 PM

Great design; very nice work; a real keeper.

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#14 posted 07-22-2014 10:44 PM

Great job! traditional yet modern. Thanks for posting

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#15 posted 07-23-2014 12:25 AM

Wow, that is a beautiful bench! Amazing you found this beauty on CL!

And at 150#, I bet it’s a back-breaker to move around!

-- Dean

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