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Project by senomozi posted 12-20-2010 03:06 PM 2845 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rustic entry bench I built for my Dad’s 68th birthday in a couple weeks. It will go great with the style of his home. It is made from a single slab of birch that had been air drying since 1968. The insects got to it during this time so there are a lot of worm holes in it. The legs are assembled to the top using wedged angled through tenons. They are angled by 6 degrees to add stability and are actually tapered (12” at the base, 10” at the top) but in order to keep the live edge I ripped them in halves, put a taper on the inside edge and re-glued the halves together. I sort of helped mother nature ;-) 48” long x 14” deep x 18” high. Finished with polymerized tung oil.

I actually got 16 slabs like this (~10’ long) so I know I will be making more of these benches. Hence I invested a fair amount of time building different jigs to help with various aspects of the building process: a cradle with a long router base to flatten the top, a jig similar to the Leigh FMT to shape the angled tenons using a router, a cross-cut table saw sled with a six degree bed angle and a few others. Working with live edge components is different because there are no straight edges to use as a reference for the milling operations.

-- Senomozi - Gatineau, Canada





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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 03:11 PM

Nice bench.

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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#2 posted 12-20-2010 04:01 PM

Very nice!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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HalDougherty

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 05:13 PM

Great looking bench. I love slab benches like that. I have one for a coffee table. (my laptop is on it now), one in the bathroom for a dressing bench, and another one at the foot of my bed for a dressing bench. To get a flat reference to cut the mortises, I clamp a straight edge to the slab. I’ve also done the same thing with built up bench seats that I’ve rounded the ends before I cut the mortises…

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

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MayflowerDescendant

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 09:06 PM

Nice piece! Like the through tenons, colour, figuring, etc. Worm holes add character. A great gift – your Dad will love it. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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rivergirl

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 12:20 AM

Lovely. Makes me miss my shop.

-- 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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#6 posted 12-21-2010 02:10 AM

Good looking bench. I especially like the through tenons. They’re really nice when you have fully dried wood.

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

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 04:40 AM

Looks Great! I really like the rustic look.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 04-11-2011 09:27 PM

nice

-- al.chazy ny

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