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Natural edge black walnut bench

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Project by Javed Akhtar posted 10-22-2015 08:33 PM 1637 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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, https://www.instagram.com/akhtarwoodshop/





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#1 posted 10-22-2015 08:40 PM

Very nice and beautiful bench.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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bobasaurus

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#2 posted 10-22-2015 09:45 PM

That’s a fine bench. What did you use as a finish? Are the m&t joints loose to allow for expansion?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#3 posted 10-22-2015 10:43 PM

Nice job. I particularly like the shape of the legs.
Cheers

-- Glen

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#4 posted 10-22-2015 11:38 PM

That’s a great looking bench! I like the bowtie, and that beautiful live-edge slab!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 10-23-2015 01:12 AM

Cool design. I doubt the tenons would have to be loose for expansion, as another person posted, since the gain is in the same direction. (But what do I know-time will tell). Anyway, I’m still wondering if it will take racking forces. Of course I’ve got five kids that could tear up a steel ball bearing, so this is what I’m always thinking about.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#6 posted 10-23-2015 07:53 AM

Realy awesome piece.You can’t beat the nature. Those legs looks great too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Javed Akhtar

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#7 posted 10-23-2015 08:05 AM

Thanks! The finish is several coats of wipe-on poly, with a sanding/polishing step between coats.

The tenons are glued, so not fixed. I’ve never had a problem with wood movement with a design like this, as the grain runs in the same direction throughout the piece.


That s a fine bench. What did you use as a finish? Are the m&t joints loose to allow for expansion?

- bobasaurus


-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC, https://www.instagram.com/akhtarwoodshop/

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Javed Akhtar

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#8 posted 10-23-2015 08:11 AM

Thanks! I agree about the tenons – I don’t think wood movement is a problem with this grain arrangement.

For the racking forces, the mortise and tenon joints here are STRONG – they go super deep – about 1/8” short of coming through the bench top. Even just dry fitting it felt solid. We’ll see how it holds up over time.


Cool design. I doubt the tenons would have to be loose for expansion, as another person posted, since the gain is in the same direction. (But what do I know-time will tell). Anyway, I m still wondering if it will take racking forces. Of course I ve got five kids that could tear up a steel ball bearing, so this is what I m always thinking about.

- Billy E


-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC, https://www.instagram.com/akhtarwoodshop/

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Chris McDowell

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#9 posted 10-23-2015 10:26 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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Levex

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#10 posted 10-23-2015 12:05 PM

Nice work! Very simple and clean.

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#11 posted 10-23-2015 12:51 PM

Gorgeous! I love the tenons and the bow ties! The leg design is excellent and the wipe on came out perfectly. Great job!

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#12 posted 10-23-2015 03:17 PM

Nice work, I like the leg cutouts.

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#13 posted 10-23-2015 06:54 PM

nice looking bench

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