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RUSTIC LIVE EDGE "wee" bench and matching shelf

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Project by rivergirl posted 1334 days ago 2730 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This “wee” live edge bench as Alba/Jamie would say and matching shelf are a commission job. The buyer saw my stuff on etsy and she wanted a tiny bench like my bigger bench. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, since it is only 17 inches high and 24 inches long and one board width wide (about 9-10 inches) but it turned out pretty cute. I hadn’t shipped the bench yet and then the woman asked me to build her a matching shelf with 4 pegs. These will go in her bathroom in Alberta Canada, so they are finished with spar poly. I found a nice board for the bench, and centered a natural bump out to the front. Then when I built the shelf, I found another board with a bump out, and centered that for the bottom board of the shelf so that the bench and shelf would match. Both pieces are made of wormy pine, naturally distressed. All joints are mortise/tenon no nails or screws I still have some finish work to do on both pieces but decided to post the pics today.

-- 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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mafe

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#1 posted 1334 days ago

I think it’s a fine little bench, a real cuttie.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 1334 days ago

Very Nice! I really like the way the legs run thought the top.

-- Dennis Zongker

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terrilynne

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#3 posted 1334 days ago

I wish I had a log cabin, These would look great in one!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 1334 days ago

Just build one Terri- then we can fill it up! :) On the thinner slabs I have to use through tenons. I haven’t done a thick slab blind tenon in a while.

-- 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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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 1334 days ago

What a wonderful WEE bench and the wee shelf is great

In Scotland a wee stool is a “creepie”

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Jamie

-- 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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rivergirl

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#6 posted 1334 days ago

So Alba, what you are saying is I made a “creepy” stool? LOL

-- 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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ellen35

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#7 posted 1334 days ago

Great job! Seems sooooo small by our standards but the workmanship looks superb! And, perfect for the bathroom. I guess our stuff has to go somewhere ;-)
Very good idea to finish in spar varnish.
Nice work, Kelly… hopefully she will want more!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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rivergirl

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#8 posted 1334 days ago

Thanks Ellen (and everyone) , I don’t know about her wanting more, I just hope she wants THESE. LOL The shipping to Alberta Canada is horrendous. PS don’t you just LOVE my floors! I can’t believe how bad they look in photos. They look bad in real life- but NOT THAT BAD. LOL Hopefully will refinish next spring- after the spring litters of puppies have been here and gone.

-- 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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mtnwild

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#9 posted 1334 days ago

That’s a cool addition to your work. Love the coat rack, shelf! You’ll be furnishing the whole house soon.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 1334 days ago

Nice looking rustic bench. Looks real sturdy with those tree branch legs, too.
How did you turn your tenons?
That with the shelf are a nice combination.

Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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rivergirl

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#11 posted 1334 days ago

Jim- for tenons over 1 inch I use the Veritas tenon cutter. On this bench that was only the through tenons on the legs- through the top. For anything under one inch I always use a utility knife hand cut the tenons to fit the mortise. Also on the shelf- I had cut the pegs and whittled them to fit.

-- 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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cwdance1

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#12 posted 1333 days ago

Wonderful looking wood, great job.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 1333 days ago

It looks awesome! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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LEITH

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#14 posted 1333 days ago

I LOVE IT! Rivergirl, your work is awesome!

-- LEITH, SOUTH CAROLINA

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rowdy

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#15 posted 1333 days ago

Like the pine. Good work.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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