Pecan sitting bench

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Project by Quoheleth posted 04-09-2013 01:30 AM 999 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first fine furniture project – a pecan bench for my in-laws entryway to their house.

This started life as a large slab of rough-cut lumber, approx 6/4×10” x 10’, from a local sawmill. The plan was modified from a WOOD magazine plan in an issue from last summer. I wanted to utilize the live edge, and left about 1/4-3/8 of the cambium layer on the edge of the seat. Very subtle before it was finished, it really changed color with a coat of finish. You can see the “before” picture here:

The seat was assembled from two pieces using three biscuits to help keep things lined up while clamping. The legs were attached with wood pegs, floating mortice/tenon style. The rails were attached with floating mortice & tenons. The stretcher was a seperate piece of wood with beautiful multi-colored grain needing to be seen. It’s attached with floating dovetails to help lock it all in place. Final assembled size: 47” long; 18” high; 12” deep.

After sanding down to 400 grit, I applied two coats of polyeurathane with a foam brush, scuffing after each layer with steel wool, vacuuming, and wiping with mineral spirits. The final coat was wipe-on poly, applied with cotton cloth. I’m going to let it cure for a few days and then burnish it just a bit with cotton cloth.

There it is! Very pleased with it and I’m looking forward to delivering it to my in-laws in a few days.


-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 01:55 AM

Really beautiful job

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 03:31 AM

Great bench!! Is that Texas pecan or Arizona pecan?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 11:22 AM

Texas. Sawmill folks said it was “local,” but didn’t say how local that meant.


-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 04:39 AM

Nice job. I’m sure they’ll love it.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#5 posted 04-11-2013 01:57 PM

Great looking and sturdy bench! Like the simple design and the wood is beautiful. Great job!

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