Walnut slab bench

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Project by Thom Forrest posted 02-22-2015 02:07 PM 2312 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This walnut bench was made for a close friend to put in his hunting lodge. The dovetails aare the largest I have ever attempted. The other leg is has a large knot and a lot of figure. Used a wedged tennon to attach it to the bench top. My friend wanted to ke the bark so I saturated it with poly in an attempt to stabilize it. I warned him that he might get some loose pieces falling off in the future but so far it has all held on. The tree was felled in the late fall and as I understand it that is the best time if you want the bark to stay on. I flattened the slab using a router on a fixture and making multiple passes over the slab followed by hand planes to get the surfaced smoothed out.

-- TPF

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 02:55 PM

Clean work Thom and fine joinery as well, very good.

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 05:08 PM


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#3 posted 02-22-2015 11:18 PM

That is a very nice walnut bench. I hesitate to mention this, but I will because it is very important these days. Walnut trees nationally are very much threatened by a disease spread by a tiny beetle. It is called “thousand cankers disease.” In Missouri, there is now a quarantine on importing live edge walnut boards—milled boards are OK but not live edge. This is true for some other states too. Here is a website describing this problem: click here
In the section of that website that discusses what to do to slow the spread of the disease, it says: “If wood is kept to be milled or used in woodworking projects it must be debarked and waste bark should be burned or buried.” You may have made one of the few furniture pieces from this time on that incorporates live edge walnut.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 12:15 AM

St. Louis wood worker, Thank you very much for for the link to the article. There seems to be issues with many different trees. I will be diligent with the walnut I have on hand and inspect it for any problems and dispose of any infected bark. I live in upstate New York and helped fell this tree a few miles from my home.

-- TPF

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 03:10 AM

I like the flitchy live edge and those joints!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 04:24 AM

Very nice piece… I really like it.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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