Puppy Paw Oak Bench

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Project by saw4fun posted 05-05-2009 06:20 AM 2002 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the top piece of this bench laying around for quite some time waiting for it to “talk to me”. Hope I did it justice. The top is 1.75” thick 36”ish long and 13”ish wide. The side pieces may look structurally questionable, they’re not. 1” thick and 10” at the widest point. I cut the grooves in the bottom of the top slab free hand with the circular saw, which turned out surprisingly great! Everything is doweled and glued together, no screws. I’m already kicking myself that I didn’t make the back of the slab the front. Oh well.! Criticism is welcome, Im learning by my mistakes, and slowly moving towards tackling more difficult projects. hope you all like it!!

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#1 posted 05-05-2009 06:23 AM

Wow thar’s really Cool

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 06:45 AM

Such a nice way to show off this piece : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 06:49 AM

Nice design, but i agree with you. The top sjould be reversed.

Still very nice work.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 07:33 AM

That is some awesome grain. You’re right, it does look like puppy tracks. You’re cranckin’ out some cool stuff.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#5 posted 05-05-2009 09:20 AM

Well done. That piece is not only good lookin’ but looks like it will last a lifetime if not several.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 02:13 PM

Very nice, the grain pattern is exceptional for oak. I do agree that the live edge should have been in front. With a little creative effort you could probably turn it around:)

-- Bill G - West Springfield, MA

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#7 posted 05-11-2009 04:41 PM

Great looking wood. Beautiful bench. And you are right about being the front the back.

I assume that paw oak is your name for the grain pattersn. Is it just white oak.?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 05-11-2009 10:42 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments! And no thanks everyone for agreeing with me about the backwards top.. Was hoping someone would convince me that it is perfect like it is! haha :) just kidding Karson, Yes to both your assumptions. As soon as the log was cut open a friend and I looked at each other and said, “that looks like puppy paw prints”. Sounded good, so the name stuck.

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#9 posted 09-09-2010 01:31 PM

I always put the funkiest live edge to the front- but I think for this bench you can just turn the whole bench around and then the back IS the front? I don’t think the cantilever really totally dictates the front/back for this piece?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 09-09-2010 01:43 PM

rivergirl, your work is getting better by the project; I can really see that you are putting your heart into it so keep up the good work. That is really a very nice table and I love the wood. Nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 09-09-2010 03:50 PM

Rivergirl- If I were to make this one over again the top slab would definitely be turned with the “funky” edge forward. Oh well I suppose, live and learn!

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#12 posted 09-09-2010 04:06 PM

LOL I think it is fine the way it is.. :) Just don’t tell anybody that the front is really the back and I don’t think they will notice. Anyone who buys/uses this table will just turn it to face the way they want it to anyway. :) I think it looks good. But I like ugly ass, live edge, wrong facing wood the best! HA! You are too kind helluva.. I am trying to muster up the energy to go build something today. It is cold here in PA today.. brrrr.. winter is coming.. my knuckles and knees are resisting the urge to turn tenons today. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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