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Project by jcsterling posted 1441 days ago 2243 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

walnut and curly maple bench made using a curved slab. Have a few of these pieces from this tree 3 split similarly 2 others remained unsplit. took a while to decide how to use them. At first I wasn’t too keen on the stark contast between sap and heartwood. I decided to use that to my advantage by pairing with curly maple legs. Slab leg tapers as do the turned legs. thanks for looking
John

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776





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AaronK

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#1 posted 1441 days ago

very nice. i see things almost the opposite way :-) I often don’t like the stark contrast between maple and walnut – but your inclusion of the pale sapwood makes the lightness an intrinsic part of the “dark” walnut and brings it all together very nicely. I might have to reconsider my opinion on the matter in light of your creative design. also, the figure in the maple complements things very well, i think .

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TreeBones

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#2 posted 1441 days ago

Very nice. Will you be keeping this for yourself? I have plenty of Walnut with similar split’s and have never used them this way. Maybe I should rethink this idea.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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jcsterling

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#3 posted 1441 days ago

@TreeBones No, I will be takeing this to the Adirondack museum show. Hopefully it doesn’t come back home.

@AaronK Thanks for your comments. the original bench using this design had quarter sawn elm legs . While I was happy with the way that looked it still needed something. I’m much happier with this version.

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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GuyK

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#4 posted 1440 days ago

So beautiful John. Wonderful work. I think this should sell fast for you.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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donaldmee

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#5 posted 1440 days ago

Very nice I love live edge wood and this is a very nice design very Nakashima he was the master.

-- donald mee

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 1440 days ago

I like the natural contrast in walnut and it’s sapwood. It’s a natural part of the wood, I often use it in my bowls and think it highlights the nature of the wood. Overall I think you did a great job, I love the butterflys, the leg contrasts and the contrasts in woods, it all comes together in a beautiful bench. Well done.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Arnold

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#7 posted 1440 days ago

You have some interesting jointery peeking underneath. Would be interested in knowing more about it.
I like this piece.

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GabrielX

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#8 posted 1440 days ago

Where did you pick up the butterfly bowtie skill? It would be nice to learn that one to tie together a slab I have…

Great looking bench; the transition between the colors make all individual parts of the piece really unique.

-- GX

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dfdye

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#9 posted 1440 days ago

That looks fantastic!

I was wondering, though, if you reinforced the base of the bench between the two round legs. I would be afraid that the legs on different sides of the split slab would allow independent movement of each side, potentially promoting additional splitting from the resulting twisting of the slab (if you do have some bracing underneath, consider this a huge compliment that I can’t tell that it is there!).

I hate being worried about this because I REALLY like the visual appeal of the two round legs vs. the wide slab leg opposite the crack. I love the sculptural appeal of the bench, but I would be concerned about its long-term stability without reinforcement if it will get heavy usage.

-- David from Indiana --

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Div

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#10 posted 1440 days ago

Nice lines there! Like what you did with the legs.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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jcsterling

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#11 posted 1437 days ago

dfdye: no I did not reinforce the turned legs other than the use of the butterflys . I am quite confident that there won’t be any issues with failure. my wife and I can sit on the bench with no visible flex in the piece.

Arnold: the pieces you see peeking under the bench top are wooden brackets that I use to fasten the slab leg to the top.

everyone else: thank you for your comments.

John

-- John , Central PA , www.jcsterling.com on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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dfdye

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#12 posted 1436 days ago

John,

Thanks for letting me know about the bracing (or lack thereof). Like I said before, I really like the design incorporating the single, flat leg for he “solid” end of the bench and the two round legs for the “split” end.

-- David from Indiana --

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 1436 days ago

JC, I think that it looks great and you did a very nice job job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Flemming

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#14 posted 1432 days ago

beautiful bench!
i love how you’ve accented the split with the two turned legs. and surprised me by offsetting the balance of the piece in a wonderful way by making the legs of the other side a solid slab!
great work!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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