|Project by Javed Akhtar||posted 10-22-2015 08:33 PM||1603 views||13 times favorited||13 comments|
I acquired a nice thick slab of natural-edge black walnut from a fellow woodworker who has a studio down the street from mine. I decided it would make a good bench top.
There were cracks in both ends, so I made maple bowtie inlays to stabilize them. I cut the mortises by hand, added glue, hammered the inlays in, and planed them flush with a hand plane.
The legs are maple as well, with a walnut strip in the centre. I did most of the shaping with a spokeshave, with a bit of plane and sandpaper work to get into the less accessible areas inside the keyhole-shaped cutout. They have long tenons on top, which go almost all the way through the bench top.
-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC, http://akhtarwoodshop.com