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Project by HalDougherty posted 1166 days ago 3065 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut the walnut slab and made a blog page about it 57 days ago. I air dried the wood for 20 days or so, then moved it to my attic. My home and shop is an old two story farm house. The attic is very much like a solar kiln and about 30 days later, the walnut is ready to use. This 2” slab is spalded and slightly punky. I stabilized the soft part with West System 3 epoxy and acetone (15% by weight) The thin epoxy filled all the soft walnut and made a hard surface. The legs are Bartlett Pear, that I cut over a year ago. The spreaders are made from some butternut that was too soft to use for gunstocks, but it makes great bench material. The last photo is my shop buddy. Callie is a 3 year old miniature Schnauzer. She follows me everywhere I go.

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





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rivergirl

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#1 posted 1166 days ago

BEEYOOOTEEEFULLL Hal! I love it!

-- 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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HalDougherty

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#2 posted 1166 days ago

Rivergirl,

I made a blog entry to show how I make a jig to cut mortises with a chisel. this bench only took about 1/2 a day to put together. If you pass through East Tennessee, I’ll give you the other 5’ of slab I cut off this bench. It’s dry and is just as pretty.

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

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cwdance1

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#3 posted 1166 days ago

Wonderful looking bench.

What did you finish the top with?

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Don W

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#4 posted 1166 days ago

I love walnut. Its pretty expensive unless you find it like you did. Nice bench.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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spunwood

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#5 posted 1166 days ago

That is a really fine bench man. Do you plan to sell it or sit on it?

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

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DaleM

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#6 posted 1166 days ago

Great looking bench Hal. I read the blog on it too. Thanks for sharing how you stabilized the wood and you gave me a good idea for a way to put all that empty space in my attic to good use. In fact, I think my attic is the only place in my house with any free space.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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robbinscabin

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#7 posted 1166 days ago

I love the whole thing…especially the epoxy finish! It looks fantastic!

-- Robbinscabin, www.facebook.com/northcountryrustics

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mmccoy1951

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#8 posted 1166 days ago

Great bench.Sure is pretty

-- Mike

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Arlin Eastman

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#9 posted 1166 days ago

Awesome job
I have 50 acres of Blackwalnut and that gives me ideas for my deck.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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STL

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#10 posted 1165 days ago

Beautiful work Hal! Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama, http://www.siggerstraditionsllc.com

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rivergirl

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#11 posted 1165 days ago

THANKS FOR THE BLOG HAL!!!!

-- 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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Roman Hrytsak

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#12 posted 1165 days ago

I like your work Hal.
In your previous posts I was glad to see someone else using scraps of wood. I recently did some more dumpster diving at a site where we installed a maple hardwood floor. There were a lot of cut-offs that will become a boot in the near future. Now all I need is some time with my thickness planner. Cheerio!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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jcrammell

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#13 posted 1027 days ago

Very nice job.

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 1007 days ago

Save it for me Hal. Summer’s coming! I am going to have to check out that blog!

-- 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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garageguy

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#15 posted 736 days ago

How well did the epoxy seal the bark / live edge?

I have a slab of black walnut that I am making into a breakfast bar and want to seal it all with epoxy.

-- Joe - Kearney, Missouri

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