Rustic Live Edge Walnut Bench

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Project by HalDougherty posted 944 days ago 3392 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rustic bench was made from a salvaged yard tree that died and had to be removed. The top log wasn’t usable for lumber because it had started to deteriorate. The light brownish colors in this bench are from area’s that were too soft. I mixed up some System 3 epoxy and thinned it with acetone so it was about as thick as water. The epoxy flowed into the wood about 1/2 inch before it hardened. I had to mix 3 batches of epoxy because the walnut kept absorbing the epoxy. This slab was just too nice to turn into firewood… The legs were from a solid section of the same log. I used a 1 1/2” spade bit to cut each mortise and a jig I built for my router table to make the tenon on the end of each leg.

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I love finding uses for beautiful wood that would otherwise be wasted. This bench came in very handy this weekend. I had a plumbing emergency and traded this bench for the repairs!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Don W

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#1 posted 944 days ago

I love that chunk of walnut. Great looking bench!!

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#2 posted 944 days ago

Cool looking bench! Way to save it from the fire, its a nice looking piece of lumber.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#3 posted 944 days ago

Beautiful. The colour variations make the piece.

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#4 posted 944 days ago

Walnut always looks beautiful. Phenomenal piece.

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#5 posted 944 days ago

Hal, I like your philosophy and your style of creativity. It’s a joy to see your postings. RH

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

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#6 posted 944 days ago

Nice bench,Hal. Great save of a pretty piece of wood!

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

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#7 posted 944 days ago

I think the plumber got a heck of a deal! Thats one fine looking bench. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 944 days ago

Again, nice work man, very inspiring.

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

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#9 posted 943 days ago

Now you need to build a table to go with that, and another three of those benches. Call some buddies up and have a poker game on the patio with it! That looks fantastic, and I can see a lot of living being done on and around it!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#10 posted 385 days ago

Great work!! Did you do any prep to the bark? I have a nice peace of walnut in working on, but I feel I can pull the bark off with my hand and I would like most of it to stay on, does the apoxy hold it on against use? Beautiful job. Hope I can’t make my project look half as nice

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