|Project by djg||posted 10-01-2015 11:40 AM||5471 views||8 times favorited||15 comments|
I have been holding onto a couple of peices of live edge oak crotch for some time in hopes that it would “speak” to me. It was originally destined for firewood. One day I decided it looked like a bench top. I happen to have some walnut on hand so I started. I never work from plans but I do create a rough drawing before I start. I took a lot of time to grain match the walnut panels. the matchlines are almost invisible. The bottom stretcher is joined to the panels using hand cut bridle joints. Dutchmen in the surface stabilize 6 checks in the slab. the keys were hand made and were fitted by hand. THe waste was hogged out using a funny miniature version of the large veritas router plane. The plane looks like a joke but I use it regularly for this kind of stuff. I felt that the end grain looked funny so I added the stippling effect using a carving gouge. THis took alot of work! It actually takes alot of work to make the patern look somewhat random. The top is joined to the undercarriage using housed sliding dovetails which also serve to keep the benchtop flat if it ever should warp. Spray finished, rubbed out, waxed…as smooth as butter. I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. Hope you like it.