Red cedar and cypress rustic bench

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Project by Schwieb posted 12-07-2008 05:35 PM 2325 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I accumulated the slab for this bench over 15 years and several moves ago, I finally built a real shop with a planer wide enough to handle the center cut slab. The natual contours were kept in tact; however, meticulous sanding was required to make it smooth and actually beg you to touch it and set down in it. I scoured the brush piles for months to find the materials for the stringers and spindles. When it’s all in one pile it would be hard to tell a cedar branch from a cypress limb hence, I did mix materials. I didn’t discover this until I was well along with the project. Peeling the bark was tedious but when you get into the Zen of it, it was really a lot of fun. This is actually the second bench I made with the original 2” x 15”x 9’ slab. Having never built a chair before, I think they came out pretty nice.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 12-07-2008 05:53 PM

Super looking benches!

The look and design makes you want to touch them and feel the surfaces.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-07-2008 08:16 PM

Nice Bench….I like the way you used the fork on the arm…

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#3 posted 12-07-2008 08:19 PM

I’d say they came out nice too. Beautiful bench, looks delicate and strong. Really nice touch, everything looks great.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 12-07-2008 09:08 PM

Nice bench.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#5 posted 12-07-2008 09:08 PM

Schwieb – Nice balance in materials. The sapwood edges are awesome, well done and thanks for sharing.

-- Norm (AKA - The Maddhatter), Middletown DE

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#6 posted 12-07-2008 10:34 PM

I like the delicacy of this bench.

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#7 posted 04-09-2010 03:48 PM

So elegant, just outstanding.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 12-30-2015 10:28 PM

Details on how you joined the branches? Looks awesome

-- Dave O.

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