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Live Edge Meditation Bench

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 08-24-2017 11:15 PM 1247 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This “finished” piece (it is still wet with the first coat of BLO) is a cherry live edge slab that was given to me as a present after I lamented about the difficulty of finding thick stock cherry wood to make tools with… and was too pretty to make into tools.

I wanted something dramatic to contrast with the naturally beautiful wood and decided to do my first ever carving project: 18th century Philadelphia style ball and claw legs. I do not recommend this as a first project to anyone.

The wood for the legs comes from two 3×3 pieces of cherry I picked up at Woodcraft. Because a ball and claw foot would normally be the edge of a piece, I had to figure out how to attach them and decided on wedged through tenons.

The butterflies are from Koa scraps from Woodcraft (offcuts from a mill in Hawaii), and the wedges are hickory.

Two of the legs had a much tighter fit and wedged well. The leg that had to go through the giant crack gave me all sorts of trouble and didn’t wedge well. One of the legs cracked while wedging it and has a small hand turned dowel holding the pieces together (they were in place, I was just worried that the crack would extend).

All work was done with hand tools except the original shaping of the legs on a bandsaw. The slab was dimensioned thinner using my frame saw (not even sure how else I could have done that).

-- Todd





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 08-25-2017 12:21 AM

Now sure I could meditate on this bench. I would be too busy admiring it. Nice work really cool bench!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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swirt

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#2 posted 08-25-2017 01:11 AM

Very nice. Beautiful wood. I like pairing of the live edge with the highly sculpted ball and claw feet. Great work all around.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 08-25-2017 01:53 AM

Very nice work!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#4 posted 08-25-2017 02:14 AM

Really nice piece!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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oldwood

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#5 posted 08-25-2017 02:41 AM

Really like that a lot! The combination of fine woodworking with the rustic is really cool!

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Chiaroscuro

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#6 posted 08-25-2017 03:27 AM

Thanks all!

-- Todd

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mahdee

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#7 posted 08-25-2017 11:18 AM

Very interesting creation. Beautiful work.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 08-25-2017 01:28 PM

This is a beautiful bench and I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 08-25-2017 01:50 PM

very interesting. I’ve never seen clawfeet in conjunction with a live edge piece. Looks like you’ve done a nice job of both, though!

-- Pete

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#10 posted 08-25-2017 03:14 PM

Personally, I wouldn’t buy anything with the claw foot. It’s just not my style, but from a woodworking standpoint. Holy cow man, those are amazing. Very detailed. I can’t even imagine the work put into the whole bench. Love the mix of two completely different styles as well.

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

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ralbuck

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#11 posted 08-25-2017 05:46 PM



Now sure I could meditate on this bench. I would be too busy admiring it. Nice work really cool bench!

- woodshaver Tony C


Tony pretty well summed it up!

BEAUTIFUL!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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DBamaFan

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#12 posted 08-25-2017 10:17 PM

Excellent

-- David

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#13 posted 08-26-2017 12:10 AM

I don’t even like live edge pieces, but this I love. Nice job blending two very different styles.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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