|Project by Jennings_Homestead||posted 09-25-2016 01:48 PM||623 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
A few weekends ago, my brother and I went to a barn auction and I walked away with a pile of decades old oak boards for $5. Apparently people don’t realize the potential of this stuff!
One of the boards in the pile was a 10” x 2” foot slab of oak. It had various knots in it and worm holes, but I thought that might add to the character. The first task was to hand plane down the warped ends of the board after which I could feed it through the planer.
As with with other projects, this one had a decent split in the end of the slab that I had intended to use as the seat. So in comes the butterflies…
I wanted to keep the look simple and only use the wood available from the oak slab I had cut into. With it all said and done, the bench top is 48” long, with legs that are 16” x 8” (giving a seated height of 18”) and a center support that spans between them. I used Walnut for the butterflies as well as the wedges in the tenons that secure the brace. I used Danish oil because I love the look of the natural wood grain and color.
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