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Project by saw4fun posted 09-08-2010 10:10 PM 1868 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.

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 10:16 PM

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 09-08-2010 11:18 PM

Beautiful wood, great job

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#3 posted 09-09-2010 12:04 AM

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 09-09-2010 12:08 AM

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

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#5 posted 09-09-2010 01:22 AM

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 09-09-2010 02:59 PM

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 09-09-2010 04:01 PM

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

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#8 posted 09-10-2010 03:17 AM

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 09-10-2010 03:26 AM

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.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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