|Project by HalDougherty||posted 12-21-2011 06:34 PM||3844 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
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.
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 http://www.first285.com