Natural edge bench

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Project by Harold posted 03-20-2008 01:02 AM 7688 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood is Mango for the legs and Monkeypod for the seat. Finish is 3 coats of west system and 2 coats of spar varnish ( I will have 6 coats of spar varnish when complete to protect the epoxy) The solid back leg is fluted and then attatched with a sliding dovetail, the front legs are shaped thru tenons. I like the live edge theme, but I wanted it to have an almost ancient carved from stone feel.
It’s about 16” tall and 40 something inches long, Initially I had it 18” tall but once I got it together the little slab appeared to short and skinny, so cutting it down a couple inches was the only compromise I could come up with.

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#1 posted 03-20-2008 01:07 AM

Beautiful bench!

I have seen Mango, but have never even heard of Monkeypod. Seeing that seat makes me want to get my hands on some though.

Where do you find that kind of lumber? It looks similar to walnut crotch.

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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#2 posted 03-20-2008 01:19 AM

i only seen the monkey pod online , never used . great job. love the finish

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#3 posted 03-20-2008 01:27 AM

Thank you, Monkeypod is an introduced spieces here, the trees grown very well and they get very large, with a 4’ dia not uncommon. I have worked with a very similar wood for a cabinet project last year, that lumber came from costa rica, and it was called carribean koa, although it looks and behaves in much the same way as the local monkeypod. Delivered here in hawaii it was running about $7.20 to $8.00 a board foot and it was fairly good lumber. Now on the mainland I would think a guy could shave at least 2 to 3 $’s a board foot of that price. Also I’m not to sensitive to most saw dust, but the monkeypod dust does give me problems, so I have to wear a dust mask.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 03-20-2008 01:32 AM

Harold, I can always depend on your projects being inspiring and unique. Well designed.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 03-20-2008 01:54 AM

Hello Harold;
—-what a joy and inspiration to view your take on ‘natural edge bench’ and live edge….!

And then there’s those great looking legs, that you have integrated into the top with the thru tenons, yes what a beaut-i-full//beaut-eye-full pair of bow-ties therein.

Thank you for sharing this one with us here at LJ.

-- --frank, NH,

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 03-20-2008 02:01 AM


This is really nice bench. It is unique and quite interesting. I am beginning to really appreciate use of a natural edge. Before seeing posts like yous I would have simply cut off the “defect”. But leaving the edge alone adds a very nice detail to the piece. Your finishing job looks outstanding.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#7 posted 03-20-2008 03:28 AM

i agree with tom angle on your projects your quite an artist/ craftsman . love the bench thanks

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#8 posted 03-20-2008 03:30 AM

Very interesting design, Great piece of wood. Very nice job.

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

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 03:35 AM

very nice

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 04:11 AM

Wow! that wood is almost like a slab or gem stone.

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#11 posted 03-20-2008 06:02 AM

Very cool. Love the finish. It looks like a mirror. Very interesting design. It is one of those projects that you have to love because of the natural look. Great job.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#12 posted 03-20-2008 06:34 AM

That is an incredible bench – I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. I’ve got to get some of that Monkey Pod. I have a friend that is into the Real Estate market pretty heavily in Costa Rica – wonder if he can get some shipped to me? We’ll see.

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

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 07:41 AM

I love it, Harold. Every time I see one of your posts or projects, I miss the islands more and more. Wish I had known then what I know now about the kinds of lumber I had easy access to…

That finish looks top-notch!

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#14 posted 03-20-2008 02:29 PM

wow,What an eye for design and skill for execution. I have yet to see anything quite like your style. So often unique designs/styles are unique for uniques sake, and nothing but eye sores, to me anyway, but all of your stuff is of exceptional design and gorgeous conception. I wish I’d have thought of it : ) “you’ve got it Mister!” please keep them coming.

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#15 posted 03-20-2008 02:33 PM

It sure caught my eye, and I would repeat everything said above but since it was already said … Beautiful bench!

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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