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Rustic Elm Bench

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Project by Andrew posted 1634 days ago 1505 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My neighbor had to take down an elm last year, I helped a little, so I got some wood, It always works out that way. Most was turned into bowls, but this slab and a couple of branches became a bench. My boy Dan liked it so I gave it to him. I really like the feet at the end of the legs, seems really cool to me. It took quite a while to sand smooth, eventually I will get a hand planer for this sort of thing. I drilled 1 1/2 ” holes under the slab for the legs, then turned 1 1/2” tenons in the branchs on my lathe at least one was very difficult to mount, and seemed dangerous to turn the lathe on.
It is finished with Helmsmans Varathane, mostly the spray.

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dustyal

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#1 posted 1634 days ago

Nice bench… elm grain looks good… I don’t see it used often…

tenons on the legs? I would expect that to be difficult to create and mount… nice job.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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jim1953

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#2 posted 1634 days ago

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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hap

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#3 posted 1634 days ago

looks good.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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BTKS

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#4 posted 1634 days ago

IMO, Elm is a highly underrated wood. The grain is incredible and the contrasting colors are attractive to me. Good looking project. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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NBeener

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#5 posted 1634 days ago

Beautifully done, Andrew!

I was thinking the same thing as dustyal, about the tenons. Neat trick!

Been watching Norm put tenons into spindle legs—flattening out the mating surface by dipping a dado stack, mounted on his RAS, into the mortise … to flatten out the joining surface. Also neat!

-- -- Neil

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donjoe

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#6 posted 1634 days ago

Really nice bench.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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moondog69

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#7 posted 1227 days ago

nice

-- al.chazy ny

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