rustic mulberry bench

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Project by kansas posted 09-08-2011 02:28 AM 1824 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a mulberry log last winter and had it sawn this spring. I stickered it in the loft of my barn which gets pretty hot in summer. I used a box fan to circulate the air. It seems fairly dry now. The bark edges seemed interesting so I wanted to try to use some of the pieces with the bark on. The pieces I choose would be considered firewood by many, as the twisting and warping was terrible for the boards closest to the outside of the the tree. I had to flatten the top with a hand plane because it would not quite fit through my planer. I’m not very skilled with a hand plane but after quite a bit of sweat I had it flat enough to use for this project. The legs were straight but I cut a few “details” to make them more interesting. It’s approximate dimensions are 17.5” high, 38” long and 13” wide. The mulberry is yellow now but should darken with sunlight exposure to a warm brown. I think the sapwood will make for a nice contrast. I brushed on a couple coats of sanding sealer. Then I tried my Earlex 5500 for the first time and sprayed on some laquer. The Earlex will take some practice but I think I’m going to like it.

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 02:41 AM

That’s one of the nicest looking rustic benches I’ve seen in a long time. It may not be perfectly flat, but it’s rustic, you’ve got to expect that. I’ll have to give mulberry wood a try sometime.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 10:33 AM

What a great looking table! Very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 03:56 PM

That is one very nice bench,really good use of non-perfect wood

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 10:31 AM

I really like it!...

-- Silviu, Romania,

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