Live Edge Rustic Bench

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Project by junipercanyon posted 02-21-2013 04:18 AM 4567 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The back rest and sides are crotch wood slabs that I milled from a Russian Olive that I helped “re-purposed” after removing it for a driveway project, (my chainsaw mill has sure saved some neat wood from the firewood pile!!) and the bench seat was milled from a juniper tree that was removed to enlarge a horse pasture….I like to think of it as artistic contrast using the two different woods, but really I just didn’t have enough olive wood for the bench!!...sometimes when you use what you got, the results can be pretty neat.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 04:30 AM

Russian olive is nice looking wood. However, it is still the worst smelling wood I have ever cut. Maybe the juniper can help compensate for it. I really like how they look together.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 04:40 AM

Very nice looking, and creative use for the crotch as the legs/sides. Are the seat and sides/legs joined by a half lap?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 04:43 AM

Monte: agreed…stinky wood but I only got a few whiffs of it when I briefly cheated not wearing my dust mask for minor grinding/sanding touch ups, and all the cuts were made with a chainsaw so exhaust fumes covered it up too!!. I didn’t notice a smell with the finished piece, only when sanding, and it seemed to wear out sandpaper really fast compared to the juniper.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 05:00 AM

DouginVA: they would have been joined that way….but I…er…well, I just messed up!!!, (but recovered nicely with a creative fix). I somehow neglected to consider how easily the arm rest would split away from the crotch of the slab from where I made my notch for the bench, and ended up with two extra pieces to assemble!!! I decided to groove the bench at what would have been my notch location to fit down over the sides and then fit the arm rest down into. So I was able to run screws down through the bench into the sides, and run screws up from the bottom of the bench into the arm rest. The back rest is notched on the bottom, sculpted at the top, and fastened w/ screws and plugged.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 07:14 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 09:06 AM

Great visual piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 11:52 AM

True rustic masterpiece. Looks really nice and the woods compliment each other well.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 01:14 PM

That is slick. Never worked olive but it is a good looking wood.

-- Tommy,

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#9 posted 02-21-2013 02:58 PM

You salvaged some beautiful wood. Live edge benches are a favorite of mine. Great Project. Well done.

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

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#10 posted 02-21-2013 09:23 PM

this is a true rustic bench and that is a real compliment from me, i love rustic, and using natural pieces of wood is what i love, i love to let the wood show its self…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 02-21-2013 10:04 PM

that is a great bench. I love project where the wood speaks for itself. You’ve done a great job taking advantage of what mother nature gave you.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 02-21-2013 11:54 PM

very very the contrast with the wood.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 02-22-2013 12:05 AM

Beautiful wood and beautiful project. Russian olives do not grow that big here in Ohio, but I have a couple chunks from a tree that fell over in a storm, waiting for them to dry properly before deciding what to make. How long did you let it dry after cutting?

-- Leafherder

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#14 posted 02-22-2013 12:58 AM

Beautiful is all I can say!!

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#15 posted 02-22-2013 02:50 AM

That is a beautiful bench and those woods work very well together. Thanks for the explanation on the joinery. I was afraid that leg/seat joint would fail but not now!

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

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