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Cedar Slab Live Edge Bench

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Project by Jerbone posted 05-14-2015 03:00 AM 1321 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s funny how somethings can just fall into your lap. I was at my neighbors house discussing building a reception desk for their new business and as I was leaving he asked if I wanted the cedar slab he had in his back yard. An odd questions from someone that does not have trees. He went on to tell me that he and his wife saw a bench on pintrest and they wanted to give a try. They even got as far as filling the cracks with epoxy. However after attempting to HAND SAND the entire thing, they gave up and put it outside.

So I took it, cut away the cracks and used a jig on my table saw to cut a straight line down one side. Using a belt sander, then my palm sander I got it smoothed and even. After that I cut off the ends to use as legs and created a mortise for them to fit into. I milled some of the cut offs from earlier to make two stretchers with tenons that rest in their mortises for support. Now I finally got to use my branding iron I had printed out of stainless(so damn cool) to make it my own. Four coats of waterlox applied with a foam brush gave it a nice finish.

As most things I built I didn’t really have any place in mind for it so off to my grand parents it went. I damn near broke down when my grand father(a man I look up to greatly) mentioned that he could of not made as fine a piece and asked for advice on finishing. I couldn’t of been prouder.

Thanks for taking the time on this long read, hope you enjoy it and am inspired as I am constantly when viewing everyone here’s work.


Cheers,

Jeremy

-- Joining two of my passions, beer and woodworking, https://www.halfyankeeworkshop.com





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ric53

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#1 posted 05-14-2015 11:11 AM

Nice looking bench.

-- Ric, Mazomanie

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Lanaug

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#2 posted 05-14-2015 01:36 PM

very nice, I love the simple look of these types of tables when you can utilize all one board to make a piece. Great job.

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JKMDETAIL

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#3 posted 05-14-2015 05:08 PM

I am not normally a cedar kinda guy but I love this.

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#4 posted 05-14-2015 09:49 PM

great bench, I’m a big fan of Natural edges on project… Great looking wood as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-15-2015 12:07 AM

Great looking bench—I love that live edge slab!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 05-15-2015 01:52 PM

looks great

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#7 posted 05-16-2015 03:29 AM

Beautiful bench!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Jerbone

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#8 posted 05-19-2015 01:51 AM

I really appreciate all the comments, and now I will be looking for more live edge slabs

-- Joining two of my passions, beer and woodworking, https://www.halfyankeeworkshop.com

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