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Project by saw4fun posted 1422 days ago 1305 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of many benches made for the seating at my sister’s outdoor wedding. This one happened to be my favorite so it now resides under my feet as I troll through this website. Top slab is 6/4”thick, 14” wide, and 39” long. Sanded as far as 220grit (wish I had went even finer). Finished with a clear lacquer to avoid changing the colors as much as possible. I though about cutting and sanding out the chainsaw cut that you can see in the first picture but decided it would change the shape to much and it adds “character” anyway.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood! Rastus NE

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#1 posted 1422 days ago

Sometimes, I like to read the story first, then enlarge the pics. Other times, if the piece demands to be looked at, Ill start with the pics and then read the story. Well, you got me today! I started to read, up until I read Chainsaw Cut, then I had to enlarge and look, really look, at this piece. It is beautiful, and a really good decision to leave the cut in there. One of a kind, my kind anyway.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 1422 days ago

Beautiful wood, great job

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#3 posted 1422 days ago

I just saw a table similar to this one last night when I was checking out some of Nakashima’s vintage works online. One of his tables with the edge knocked off was called a ‘shark bite.” I think the notion of shark bite is even more fitting for your table, which is sort of shaped like a shark. :) Nice table/bench. I love rustic freeform!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 1422 days ago

Shark bite! Thats great!! Its amazing the different things a different set of eyes will find in the same piece of work.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood! Rastus NE

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#5 posted 1422 days ago

That’s a nice chunk, well used, very cool…......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 1421 days ago

As always my friend, some wonderful looking wood from your sawmill!

Great looking project!


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#7 posted 1421 days ago

I can see why this was a favorite. Love the look of that…

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#8 posted 1421 days ago

What a beautiful bench. Love the character of the wood, the design, and the saw cut! Great job!

-- Dale in Bellevue, NE

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#9 posted 1421 days ago

Rivergirl and I seem to have had the same thought- the first thing I saw was a surfboard with a bite out of it. I don’t surf, but have a lot of friends who do. Some have surfboards that look similar.

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