"Texas Cedar" Bench

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Project by EOD_Eric posted 06-19-2010 03:35 AM 4011 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this bench from a fairly large Ashe Juniper log (commonly called cedar here in central Texas, but it’s not part of the family) that I found at the local recycling center. I get most of my wood there, mainly turning wood and firewood. The price is always right and takes the pressure off messing up any of these projects. Cut the bench to rough size with my chainsaw, hand planed the top to take out the rough spots and then ran it through my Dewalt 735 for final thickness (3 inches). Got a little snipe on both ends…bought the infeed and outfeed tables now, but did not have them before this project. Finished with two coats of rub on poly followed three coats of Spar Poly. Legs are mortise and tenon…got to finally use the set of chisels I bought before I went to Iraq in Feb 09. Thanks for looking and I will get some more turnings posted in the next few weeks.

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#1 posted 06-19-2010 04:09 AM

Very cool bench

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-19-2010 04:12 AM

Nice look. Have you used that combination of finish before? If yes does it hold up pretty well outside?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 06-19-2010 04:23 AM

It looks real nice but I thought you guys were into destroying stuff not building it.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#4 posted 06-19-2010 09:03 AM

Great bench. Nice finish also. I have never tried anything like that before, my neighbor asked me if I wanted to. He use to do a lot of woodworking. He’s alwasys in my shop watching me. I don’t mind the company at all, and it keeps him busy also he’s 83.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 06-19-2010 10:08 AM

Whatas great looking bench! Very Very Nice!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 06-19-2010 06:15 PM

I like this kind of work. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 06-19-2010 06:35 PM

Really good looking bench. Mortise and tenon joints are fun to do and really strong. I like the rustic look.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#8 posted 06-19-2010 06:50 PM

Beautiful bench!

-- Joanne, New York,

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#9 posted 06-20-2010 03:35 AM

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.

Swirt-Nope, never used this combo before…was not planning on it, but the rub on poly was not coming out like I had hoped, so I put a couple of coats of the Spar Urethane on top…time will tell and if it goes bad, I will refinish it.

Bill-I guess it is the ying and yang of things. I love wood working, but would rather blow something up any day….wife would not like me doing that in the garage, however!

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#10 posted 06-25-2010 12:12 AM

nice wood.

-- al.chazy ny

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