Cherry live edge Slab Bench

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Project by Pacewoodworking posted 07-08-2012 08:12 PM 3807 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back I purchased a large quantity of lumber which included black walnut, cherry, white oak, ash, and maple. When my brother in law told me about a fundraiser they were having for his girlfriends uncle I just had to build something. I decided that with about 3 weeks before the event I would build a bench to be auctioned off. Here are the results. It measures about 44” long, 20” deep, and 18” high. I used 2 of my small cherry slabs that were about 3 1/2”-4” thick. The legs are joined with a housed mortise and tenon. The leg stretcher is half lapped joined into the legs. I inlayed 6 black walnut bow ties. All joinery was done with a combination of bandsaw, router, and primary hand tools. The finish is a wipe on polyurethane, and finally a good wax buffing. This was a fun “quick” project. The auction is today, I’ll update the selling price when I find it out…..


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#1 posted 07-08-2012 08:29 PM

That is a great bench. I hope that the auction goes well.

-- “And it's only the giving that makes you what you are. ” ― I. Anderson

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#2 posted 07-08-2012 09:16 PM

very nice.. I like it.

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 11:02 PM

wow, great piece! I love the walnut butterfly keys. Very rustic looking with a sort of refined touch. God bless.

-- Brian M. Sharpe -

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#4 posted 07-09-2012 01:19 AM

I love the bench, walnut butterflys look great. Good luck at the auction.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#5 posted 07-09-2012 01:22 AM

That is a beautiful bench of some very nice cherry. The bowties are a favorite of mine and the walnut was a perfect choice. Live edge benches are very popular so hope this raises a lot of $.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 07-09-2012 01:51 AM

It’s very nice. I like it a lot!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#7 posted 07-09-2012 03:41 AM

Rustic, but with an elegance to it. Nicely done.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#8 posted 07-09-2012 07:45 AM

Excellent work. It looks fantastic.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 07-15-2012 10:43 PM

Nice beefy bench, just the right size for a couple to sit on in the evening. Love the color and the walnut keys. With a little care, this will last someone a lifetime.

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