Maple Leaf Bench

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Project by Mick posted 11-26-2008 05:38 PM 1684 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench I made for a local craft show. It’s a split maple log, 18”H x 15”W x 36”L x 6” thick. The top and ends have a bar-top epoxy finish (5 layers). The Wormy Pine legs are coated with poly and paste wax. Red Maple leaves are embedded in the top. LOML wants it as her coffee table. Since it didn’t sell at the craft show I’ll have a chance to relent.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 05:42 PM

Nice bench, how did you get the leaf to stay below the poly?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 05:52 PM

You can embed anything (relatively thin, that is) by applying the first layer of epoxy, placing the object while the finish is still wet (it’s incredibly sticky), then allowing that to completey dry before applying the next layers. I had also pressed the leaves overnight into the layout I wanted.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#3 posted 11-27-2008 03:21 AM

nice work.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#4 posted 11-27-2008 07:08 AM

Another nice bench.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 12-03-2008 12:04 AM

Very cool, i too build this type of furniture, could say rustic is my passion, very nice project,love it.

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#6 posted 06-03-2011 04:54 PM

Nice work. I have wanted to inlay leaves into some of my work but wasn’t sure of how to go about it. Thanks for sharing!

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