|Project by deadoakcarvings||posted 10-09-2014 12:24 AM||1521 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
This live edge bench was salvaged material from a storm damaged tree taken down in a local town. I used hand cut mortise and tenon joints, glued not screwed. The cross brace is one half of a larger slab (or flitch, if you want to be fancy). I hammered wedges in an existing crack to get the piece to split along the natural grain. That way both sides have that naturally wavy edge. Vertical legs are the outside slab, showing off the worm tracks, knots and burls. The snake is 1/4” black walnut hand cut and recessed into the bench top with a two part epoxy. The “DON’T TREAD ON ME” letters are hand carved and painted black to stand out. Three coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane for beauty and protection. This is the first bench I have made that was not pre-ordered, so I’m not sure how well it will sell, but the decision I made there is never make anything I wouldn’t be proud to have on my front porch, that way I will not be disappointed if it doesn’t sell!