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Black Walnut Bench

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Project by saw4fun posted 03-08-2016 06:37 PM 1371 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Salvaged this slab from a chunk I had to cut off of a big log with the chainsaw so the carriage posts would fit by on the sawmill. Had to dye and epoxy fill several bigger cracks. It is thick enough that it has about 2.5” glue surface on the 45cut so I just used biscuits for alignment then put in the mulberry splines afterwards. The slots were cut with a handsaw and chisel and if I were to do it again I’d definitely cut them on the table-saw before it was glued up. Finished with 6 coats of Real Milk Paint Pure Tung Oil thinned with their citrus solvent. Buffed with a green Scotch-brite pad between each coat.





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#1 posted 03-08-2016 08:45 PM

thats a cool bench youve let the wood speak for itself,a little nakashima their.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 08:48 PM

looks great

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 12:45 AM

That’s a great looking bench! I love that live-edge walnut slab—just beautiful!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#4 posted 03-09-2016 12:54 AM

Mighty nice bench, beautiful grain and color!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 01:42 AM

that’s a beautiful piece of wood

-- JustplaneJeff

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#6 posted 03-09-2016 03:57 PM

Wow! What a beautiful bench.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#7 posted 03-09-2016 04:41 PM

Thanks guys! Was a lot of fun. I added a picture of one of the book-matched sets that came out of the rest of the log. Set is 2.25” thick by 4’ wide and 6’long!

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#8 posted 03-09-2016 06:09 PM

Absolutely awesome work.

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#9 posted 03-10-2016 12:55 AM

Nice Save! Sometimes my pieces from cutoffs turn out better than the original plan!

-- Smitty

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#10 posted 03-10-2016 03:03 PM

I love the contrasting splines on the bench. It’s gorgeous. I’ve been experimenting with copper accents on some cutting boards and different items. I think I might try to cut some aluminum splines for a walnut bench I have in the works after seeing this.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#11 posted 03-10-2016 03:25 PM

Thanks again everybody

PhillipRCW- I would sure like to see some pics of copper and walnut together! I’m working on hollowing out a walnut log for a mudroom sink and was considering some copper plates for the “dam” at each end.

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#12 posted 03-10-2016 04:08 PM

I’ll post some pictures pretty soon. I’m using epoxy to hold them in place and then just trimming down to the wood to make them level.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#13 posted 03-10-2016 04:23 PM

Very nice way of presenting the Walnut, I envy you vision.

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#14 posted 03-10-2016 08:08 PM

Great craftsmanship and use a wood.

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#15 posted 03-11-2016 05:46 PM

Beautiful wood and finish!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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