Bartlett Pear rustic bench with log legs

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Project by HalDougherty posted 07-18-2011 03:47 AM 6172 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week, I built a jig to cut tenons on small logs to use as legs on benches or to make log furniture. So far I’ve made adapters to cut 1”, 1 1/2”, 2”, and 2 1/2” templates for the jig. This is the first item I’ve made using the new jig. I also made a router sled a while ago to flatten big slabs. I can flatten a 30” wide slab that’s 115” long using this jig. It takes no more than 30 minutes to flatten a big slab and just a few minutes to cut the mortises using a 1 1/2” spade or forster bit and not much longer to turn the tenons on the legs. It took longer to finish sand this bench than it did to build it. And leveling the legs was super easy. I just put the bench on the log deck of the sawmill and cut the legs parallel to the top. I should cut a couple of butterfly keys to lock that crack, but pear is harder than rock maple!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 07-18-2011 05:03 AM

Man isn’t pear wood just gorgeous!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 07-18-2011 11:45 AM

Absolutely beautiful! Nice job Hal!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#3 posted 07-18-2011 12:59 PM

Hal, you are so creative. I love it. Great set ups to get the job done!!

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

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#4 posted 07-18-2011 02:09 PM

Wow! I like how you leveled the legs. I might have to use a similar router sled design to flatten these big cookies I am hoping to get soon.

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

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#5 posted 07-20-2011 01:32 PM

The process looks pretty neat. Wonderful job. All you need now is a old log cabin.

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#6 posted 08-08-2011 08:54 PM

Beautiful!!! Fruitwoods are fantastic. Great lookin bench there.

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 03:11 PM

beautiful! it is furniture like this that makes me want to do rustic/log furniture!

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