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Project by drewm873 posted 12-07-2016 11:48 PM 1713 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this Butternut slab bench/seat with walnut inlays. I thought about doing full through cuts with the legs but the slab was 3.5” thick and I don’t have the right tools for the job. Instead, I did some walnut inlays to give the through look(whatever that’s called).
Finished with natural stain finish and 3 coats of Waterlox tung oil.
Thanks for looking.





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Woodchuck2010

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#1 posted 12-08-2016 12:11 AM

Gorgeous!

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#2 posted 12-08-2016 12:49 AM

Very Nice

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#3 posted 12-08-2016 01:54 AM

Very nice work – the through joint you are referring to is a “through Mortise and Tenon”
The inlays certainly make it look like you have done them! well done!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 12-08-2016 12:27 PM

Very nice – butternut is becoming pretty scarce

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 12-08-2016 01:08 PM

How are the legs attached?

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#6 posted 12-08-2016 01:15 PM



How are the legs attached?

- gargey

They’re sitting in a mortise about 3/4” deep with lots of glue. :) Nice and solid, no screws.

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#7 posted 12-08-2016 01:23 PM

I love it. A question on the finish. You used natural stain then Waterlox. I’m working on my first project using Waterlox and love it. Why did you stain first? Imho, the Waterlox does a beautiful job highlighting the natural grain. Of all the new stuff I’m learning, finishing is the most confusing for me.

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drewm873

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#8 posted 12-08-2016 01:27 PM



I love it. A question on the finish. You used natural stain then Waterlox. I m working on my first project using Waterlox and love it. Why did you stain first? Imho, the Waterlox does a beautiful job highlighting the natural grain. Of all the new stuff I m learning, finishing is the most confusing for me.

- BuckeyeMetz

Honestly, I didn’t think about that and probably should have just used waterlox. I also didn’t put waterlox on the legs, or underneath, so I still had to use something on the bench so it look relatively close in color.

I’m not that good with finishing, it’s still a learning curve for me.

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

You have certainly done justice to that beautiful piece of butternut. I’m not sure I would allow anyone to actually sit on it.

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#10 posted 12-08-2016 03:36 PM

looks great

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#11 posted 12-08-2016 04:12 PM

This is a wonderful bench and out of beautiful wood.

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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#12 posted 12-08-2016 08:38 PM

Fantastic work!!

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#13 posted 12-08-2016 09:17 PM

That’s really nice!
Is the bench top heavy, will it tip over easily?

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drewm873

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#14 posted 12-08-2016 09:24 PM



That s really nice!
Is the bench top heavy, will it tip over easily?

- DMC1903

I don’t have an exact weight, but the bench is actually fairly light. And the pictures make the legs look smaller, not as wide, but they’re actually only 2-3” smaller so it shouldn’t tip. “shouldn’t” ha

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#15 posted 12-08-2016 11:32 PM

That’s a great looking bench—elegant in its simple beefiness!

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

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