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Project by rivergirl posted 10-10-2010 12:55 PM 3412 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rustic, slab, live edge maple table or bench. Side rails are naturally bent. Finish is 4 coats miniwax semi poly. I need to take more pictures of the live edge. Bench is appoximately 39 inches long, 19 inches high and 14 inches wide. I have also started working on a cherry console table and big round maple coffee table. Hopefully will finish those in a couple of days. (The crow on top of the table is one of a bunch that I made for the local gift shop owner. She puts a long stick on them and sells them with her scarecrows.)

-- 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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TheGravedigger

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 01:01 PM

Reminds me of one I made a couple of months back. Mine had a bit of a twist to it (rived, not sawn) and no stretchers. Since it was for outside, it was only finished with Thompson’s, and really wasn’t much to look at so, no posting. Yours is much nicer.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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mafe

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 01:16 PM

Beautiful, and what a finish.
I love the stretchers, they give it a move.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 10-10-2010 01:17 PM

rivergirl, I love that one. I love the way you have selected the wood and laid out the legs and the runners. It’s so natural looking. You’re good at what you do and I’m proud of you. Keep up the good work.

-- 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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mafe

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#4 posted 10-10-2010 01:18 PM

I always loved the crow, even people tell me it’s a bird of bad luck, I think he is so full of dignityand in a charming way old fashion.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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HalDougherty

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#5 posted 10-10-2010 01:21 PM

Great looking rustic bench! Makes you want to build a log cabin to put it in, doesn’t it?

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 10-10-2010 02:06 PM

Thanks you guys- And Hal- that’s a big negatory on the building of a log cabin… I live in a 100 year old Mission bungalow and that is close enough to a log cabin for me. The stuff I build looks nice in a bungalow and on the porch and by the river… and…........ LOL Gradedigger- why don’t you go ahead and post your “ugly” bench. I would like to see it. HONEST. And also- I don’t start out with riven logs- generally they are rough cut from the saw mill. Though I think it would be very fun to try it your way one day. Mads- I will take some pictures of a couple of the crows.. I used a Dremel tool to add a little sculptured/texture to the body. That’s about as far as my talent allows me to enter into the world of carving. :)

-- 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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sedcokid

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#7 posted 10-10-2010 02:20 PM

Rivergirl,
Very nice bench, I like the way you have used the side rails. When you get your tops from the saw mill do you just sand the top or do you plane it smooth?

Great job! and thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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canadianchips

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#8 posted 10-10-2010 02:26 PM

Another beautiful bench.
Someone could place their BIG SCREEN TV on a bench like this., just a thought.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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RONWEN

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#9 posted 10-10-2010 02:36 PM

I like it a lot!

-- RonWen

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spunwood

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#10 posted 10-10-2010 03:26 PM

Beautiful. Can those cross beams really hold suge a Huge slab?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 10-10-2010 03:26 PM

That’s a beaut love the stretchers, seem as if it is moving.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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terrilynne

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#12 posted 10-10-2010 03:37 PM

Your-pieces-are-truly-one-of-a-kind!
Like-the-crow-too.They-are-funny-to-watch!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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GMman

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#13 posted 10-10-2010 03:59 PM

Great work as always…..... thanks for posting

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 10-10-2010 04:07 PM

Thanks for the support everyone! Sedco-I sand and hand plane- I get it as close as I can to level- but I don’t straight edge if you know what I mean. ;) Spun- on this bench the siderails don’t really support the slab- the legs support the slab- the siderails support the legs. The hardood slab- being very thick- always 2 inches or more for a table/bench does quite well supporting itself. These benches easily hold 300+ pounds.. I have tested them out repeatedly. Candian- funny you mention a TV stand- I have to build my sister a TV stand thing in the very near future. It will be about 3 feet long – but wider- I am hoping for close to 2 feet. But she wants a shelf below for her video junk. I need to get on it- she will be bugging me pretty soon. I will post it when it is finished. :)

-- 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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blacknail

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#15 posted 10-10-2010 05:06 PM

TV stand…that’s a great idea!

I really like this table…the rails remind me of a giraffe. Very cool indeed!

-- Darrell B.

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