ash bench

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Project by shiney5757 posted 03-09-2008 01:26 PM 2277 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an ash bench for indoors.
I left the live edge on and cut through haunched mortice & tenon joints ascentuated with wallnut wedges, finished with plastic coat sprayed on laquer.
I carefully first cut the mortice with a router squaring up with a sharp chisel and then hand cut the tenons to fit snug.
The wood was got at a local sawmill and kiln dried.
the project didn’t take long to make about a day and then sprayed after that.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-09-2008 02:28 PM

Hi Shiney,

This is a nice bench. I like the way you left the slab and legs in theri original condition and the trough tenons add nice details to the piece as well.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 03-09-2008 05:32 PM

Great bench. The walnut wedges are a nice detail.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-09-2008 07:37 PM

Very nice bench. What is the hight of the bench? Does it not require a lengthwise support close to the ground for stability?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 03-09-2008 11:29 PM

Nice job… I like the use of the natural slab.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 03-10-2008 12:41 AM

Sharad i know what you mean, at first my plan was to join the legs with a piece of decorated rought iron and then attach to top, but found with the tenons going though it seems to be strong enough.My honest opinion i do think it does look a bit empty underneath,maybe an option for my next bench i will include some kind of brace.Height 16” approx 12” wide 52”long.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#6 posted 03-10-2008 07:41 AM

Beautiful bench – the slab is really nice. The walnut wedges add a nice touch.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 03-10-2008 01:38 PM

Very nice. Looks like you nailed the finish.

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 05:31 PM

Very nice! I like the roughnes vs the smoothness…

-- danica

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