Red Oak Bench

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Project by tblrxdave posted 09-12-2011 05:38 PM 1801 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The red oak used for this bench came from a huge tree that was in the side yard between two houses. We’re talking 50 plus inches at brest height and 26 feet long before the first crotch. I had to quarter the log
lenght wise and cut 8 foot sections just to move these logs with my little 4FWD kubota tractor. The boards used for this bench were the first leveling cuts from the sawmill. One side is flat from the sawmill blade and the other is from the chainsaw blade. Thickness varies from 1 1/2” to 1/2”. Add in some warp, cup, twist, and a few other defects make these boards canidates for the wood stove. I guess every board is sacred.
The result is a bench with lots of character. No glue or screws. Just M/T and pegs. Dimensions are 47”L x 12”W x 21”H. Timber Pro outdoor sealer for the finish.

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 05:45 PM

I love this bench, particularly the saw marks, which add lots of caracter to the piece. Nice job. Thanks.



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#2 posted 09-12-2011 06:28 PM

It is those defects that give it the best character. Good for you for making this bench!

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 08:24 PM

How come it never looks that good when I leave saw marks in my projects?

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 02:23 AM

fantastic bench!!!

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#6 posted 10-25-2011 01:27 AM

I love this piece. Very nice.

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 11:59 AM

I love the joinery and saw marks. Great job


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