|Project by Puffball||posted 02-02-2015 02:58 PM||1211 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Our (my wife and I) first attempt at working with live edge wood. We used a piece of live edge cedar for the top, soft maple for the stretcher, and cherry for the legs. We thought the tusk mortise would be a nice touch and learned how hard hardwood is when we tried to cut the mortise and tenons.
We used hand tools – Jig Saw, chisels, hand planes, and sand paper – to do all of this. We got the cedar slab when were on a road-trip down to the Asheville NC area. We bought some rough cut maple and cherry from our local hardwood dealer out near Culpepper VA.
We proceeded then to hand plane the cedar, maple, and cherry to get them all nice and smooth. Along the way, I learned about wood scrapers and acquired a No. 80-like wood scraper and card scraper :) Scraping is a lot better than sanding.
The challenges for us were: 1) getting the tenon sized to properly fit through the mortise; 2) cutting the legs the right length to make the bench top level due to the fact that we hadn’t made the top and bottom of the cedar slab co-planar. Hand planing is a lot of work, even on soft cedar.
We finished it with a water-based poly on the top and maple as we wanted the true colors to show through, and use a oil-based poly for the cherry legs.
We were pretty happy with the end product. It took us a lot of work as we are still newbies at this, but we had fun making it.
A time-lapse video of the whole build -http://youtu.be/XHaEVfYQy8w