|Project by Grantman||posted 01-04-2013 12:41 AM||2420 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
My sister lives in east Tennessee. A friend used to “collect” 8/4 cedar and has/had at least 10,000 bd. ft. of it on her property. Last summer, my sister brought two slabs and said, “Here. Make something.” It’s sat in the basement for six months as I tried to figure out what to do. The wood had giant voids in it limiting what I could do and one piece was worse than the other. Really. This was one project I was not looking forward to.
Finally, I decided to concentrate on the base leaving the top alone as it would essentially be most of the “best” piece with the least amount of void. I knew I needed a stretcher but there wasn’t enough cedar to make one. I had a piece of white oak laying around so I used that. But I needed to have it set off visually so I simply painted it. Turns out the it adds to the contrast between the sapwood and the heartwood.
Construction was pretty simple. 7/8” oak dowels to join the legs to the base and benchtop. A small piece of maple between the legs themselves and the cedar foot and a couple of walnut butterflies on the split. (I had just bought George Nakashima’s “Soul of a Tree” two weeks before I started the project.)
The most fun was using my Lie Nielsen router plane to perfectly flatten the oak where the legs are glued to it. I don’t know what I ever did before I had one. What a great tool. The ends are mitered to match the angle of the raw edge adjacent to each side. The bench is very asymmetrical.
Now I just have to figure out how to transport it to Tennessee in a sedan! Let’s hope the back seat goes down enough to get the bench in.