Live edge locust bench/coffee table

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Project by stephen posted 01-20-2012 08:36 PM 2669 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started as a 40 inch tall section of a locust tree, felled by the city because it was diseased. It took my 2 sons and I about 20 minutes to move and load the section of the trunk into the van. I never imagined how heavy it could be. Turns out that locust is one of the densest woods. I sliced the section lengthwise and let it air dry for about 3 years in the garage working it occasionally with a hand planer. It was a great learning experience in terms of using a hand planer. I see how one can become addicted to it once you get it. It was not until this fall that I finally thought of what I would do with it. There were a number of large gaps from rotted wood that had to be removed. I filled those with epoxy. Interestingly, the epoxy turned yellow in one of the gaps. On the whole the wood has the most amazing and beautiful configurations. I added a couple pictures to show the grain. The finish is danish oil and polyurethane. The piece would work equally well as a bench or coffee table. It stands 15 inches high, 37 inches wide and 21 inches deep.

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#1 posted 01-20-2012 08:45 PM

Wow, I like it!

-- Kevin, Indiana

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 02:22 AM

cool bench nice design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 07:21 PM


NOW THIS IS ART! I really like this. Nakashima would be smiling. It also helps that you have some good photos of the work.

You have captured nature in a thoughtful form and given respect to the tree.

The piece has great shape and form and keeps the viewer..ME LOL..interested. Looked at your other projects which also indicate ingenuity and craftsmanship.

I hope that I can be half as good when I am able to engage, thanks!

made my morning.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 12:52 AM

Beautiful work. Sometimes after years of looking at many different pieces of wood suddenly a vision takes shape and a project appears. Well done, looks great.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 09:36 PM

Thanks again for the kind words everyone and thanks Doc for your encouragement. Looking forward to seeing some of your work as well.

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